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Youngest Son of Legendary Afrobeat Pioneer Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti Celebrates 34th Birthday Today


Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti (born 11 January 1983, Lagos, Nigeria), commonly known as Seun Kuti, the youngest son of legendary afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti clocks another year today. Seun leads his father's former band Egypt 80.

Seun and his brother Femi are the two commercially successful musical offspring of the late Nigerian afrobeat innovator Fela Kuti. Seun has one younger sister who used to sing in his band. At the age of nine Seun expressed the wish to sing to his father.
A short while later Seun started performing with his father and the band. Since then, Seun has followed the political and social ethos of his father.

After Fela had died in 1997, Seun, then only 14 years old, became the lead singer of Egypt 80. While in school Seun had to choose between a career in music and one in African Football. His 2008 debut album, Many Things, was produced by Martin Meissonnier, who had already produced two albums for his father.

About three quarters of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement. Live sets consist of both new material and originals from Seun’s father.

Seun and girlfriend Yetunde George Ademiluyi welcomed a baby girl on 16 December 2013 and named her Ifafunmike Adara Anikulapo-kuti.

Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 Orchestra performing at Celebrate Brooklyn 2011. Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

In 2014, Seun Kuti was given an honorary invitation to perform live for the first time at the Industry Nite.

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