#CreatepreneurAfrica- Nigeria’s sounds of ‘Positive Force’ – Femi Kuti

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Eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, grandson of political campaigner, traditional aristocrat and women's right activist Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti is renowned in his own right.

Femi Kuti, committed to social and political change reaching an ideal free and fair Nigeria, blends colorful tunes into distinctive balanced sounds with 'Positive Force' , the band he seeded in 1985.

Femi Kuti was born in 1962 London and grew up in Nigeria. His musical career started at the tender age of fifteen when he played in his fathers band Egypt 80  in the year 1979.

In 1986, December the 13th, Femi initiated the launch of Positive Force, his own vibrant with his sisters Sola and Yeni as lead dancers. This was his independent launch apart from his father legacy. The very first Positive Force performance was the University of Lagos.

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In 1989, he released his first record, No cause for Alarm.

  •  By 1991 MYOB was released and four years later the Femi Kuti album was released. In 1998  the release of  “Shoki Shoki”  garnered widespread acclaim.

In 2000  he opened The Shrine, his club, where he recorded the live album Africa Shrine. He won a Monaco “World Music Award” that same year! In 2001 he collaborated with Common and Mos Def on Fight to Win, and then toured the United States with rock band Jane’s Addiction.

Due to personal setbacks, there was a four-year absence. But there was a re-emergence in 2008 with Day by Day and Africa for Africa in 2010, his third Grammy nomination.

His diverse  knack of artistry expanded in  the next Grammy nomination, No Place for My Dream . Like the legendary Fela Kuti, he is committed to political and social causes and fights for the emancipation of Nigeria.

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Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica  Femi Kuti,Nigeria’s ‘Positive Force’ 

 

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
My passion, my soul passion is music. I aim to be as good as I can musically. My driving force is my family. I love for my family, my children, my music and making people happy.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I knew from a very young age must have been 5,6, or 7. It was just a question of how. Finally went full time into music joining my father’s band at age 16/17.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
The love for my children, it is uncompromising it is. And also my commitment to keep trying to be the best I can musically.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
 It’s never being about money really. Love for what I do must important for me. Remaining steadfast to what my music stands for.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
As an instrumentalist playing in my college school band then my father’s band the Egypt 80.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
I never thought about giving up.. I even got broke but remained committed.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
My music. The love for what I do.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
 People who doubted me?…..
I have nothing to say to them😊.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
Remain steadfast, remain committed and totally be honest and true to life.
We are  one people, one world
One people One world
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