Born October 15th 1938, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was the pioneer of Afrobeat, which has been described as a complex fusion of jazz, Nigerian and Ghanaian Highlife, psychedelic rock, and traditional West African chants and rhythms. After his death on August 2nd 1997, what began as a one-day celebration in commemoration of his birth has evolved into a week-long festival of his music, art, drama, dance and social activism. Held annually from the 15th of October, festivities take place mostly at the New Afrika Shrine, the purpose-built music hall where his son Femi Kuti plays Afrobeat to large crowds. The New Afrika shrine was built to replace Fela’s original shrine, where he held concerts, playing to local and international audiences.


Date: from the 15th of October