Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Fela Anikulapo Kuti or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, arranger, pioneer of afrobeat music, human rights activist, political maverick and outlaw, who died of AIDS in 1997. Although, well known in Africa and Europe, in the USA not that many people seem to have heard or know about him.

Jon Pareles wrote this great piece for the New York Times Arts and Leisure Section last week, which will give you some insight about him and the show that just opened up on Broadway. To learn more about Fela and to see how prolific he was, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fela_Kuti