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Fela

(Fela Anikulapo Kuti)
singer, musician, composer, political activist
Born: 8/15/1938
Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria

Forming his first band in 1961, he later toured and recorded in the United States, where he was introduced to the writings of Malcolm X and others, which greatly influenced his music. As a voice for the disenfranchised poor, he became a huge star in West Africa and later (1979) formed his own political party. He was a political prisoner from 1983 to 1986, but continued his attacks on Nigeria's military government following his release.

Died: 8/2/1997

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