Olufela Olusegun Oludoton Ransome-Kuti - Fela - is born on 15 October in Abeokuta, a town fifty miles north of Lagos.
Fela begins learning the piano, encouraged by his father, who believes studying music is an essential part of a good education.
On a visit to Lagos, Fela meets Jimo Kombi Braimah, known to everyone as JK, who will become his life-long friend and confidant.
Fela’s father, Reverend Israel Ransome-Kuti, dies.
Fela leaves Abeokuta for London. His parents had hoped he would study to become a doctor but Fela is determined to continue with music.
Fela forms his first group, Fela Ransome-Kuti and His Highlife Rakers. The band record four sides for Melodisc, one of Britain’s first independent African and Caribbean music labels.
Fela disbands the Highlife Rakers and forms Koola Lobitos, which has a line-up of West African and Caribbean musicians.
Fela marries Remi. His first daughter, Yeni, is born.
Fela graduates from Trinity College of Music. His first son, Femi, is born.
Fela forms the first edition of the Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet.
NBC hires Fela as a junior producer. Drummer Tony Allen joins his band.
Fela is fired from NBC. He forms a second edition of Koola Lobitos.
Koola Lobitos becomes a popular presence on the Lagos music scene.
Trumpeter Tunde Williams (later a key member of Afrika 70) joins Koola Lobitos.
Fela’s first album, a compilation of Koola Lobitos singles, is released.
Fela and Koola Lobitos record a live album at the Afro-Spot and begin a 10-month tour in the US.
Fela and Nigeria 70 record ten tracks in Los Angeles, later released in Nigeria as Fela Fela Fela.
Fela changes his band’s name from Nigeria 70 to Africa 70.
Fela renames the Afro-Spot the Africa Shrine and brings it back to life.
Fela and Africa 70 release Gentleman, the first fully formed Afrobeat album.
Fela is wrongfully jailed for three days giving him material for future albums, Alagbon Close and Expensive Shit.
Fela changes his last name from Ransome-Kuti to Anikulapo-Kuti (“one who carries death in his pouch”).
Fela increases his involvement with the direct-action political movement the Young African Pioneers.
In an unprecedentedly brutal assault, 1,000 soldiers batter their way into Kalakuta and raze it to the ground.
Fela marries 27 women in a traditional Yoruba wedding ceremony in Lagos.
Fela and his political party Movement Of The People are banned from contesting Nigeria’s presidential election.
Fela resumes touring in Nigeria and is joined by US jazz-funk star Roy Ayers.
Fela renames Afrika 70 as Egypt 80 and tours Europe.
With no international record deal and an economic recession gripping Nigeria, this is a difficult year for Fela.
Fela’s son Seun is born. Fela makes his first appearance at Britain’s Glastonbury.
Fela is arrested and has to cancel an upcoming tour.
Fela is named a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International.
Fela is freed from jail. He announces that he will run for president.
A series of events are held in Lagos to commemorate the 1977 attack on Kalakuta.
Fela and Egypt 80 spend most of the year performing at the Shrine.
Fela and Egypt 80 resume international touring, including two shows in New York with James Brown.
Fela releases Underground System, which will be the final album of newly recorded studio.
1993 - 1994
Fela’s high-profile campaign for the right to smoke weed continues, as does police harassment of him and the Shrine.
Fela dies. Over a million people gather to pay their final respects.
Roforofo 50th Anniversary re-issue
Fela Kuti Box Set 5: co-curated by Femi Kuti & Chris Martin
FELABRATION 2021: VIVA NIGERIA, VIVA AFRICA
2021 50th Anniversary Releases
Let's Start in the trailer for The Harder They Fall
50th Anniversary of Open & Close available for Record Store Day 2021
Fela's legacy celebrated with new scholarship at Trinity Laban
Regular Trademark: the official Fela Kuti merch line
Music of Many Colours Now Available On Vinyl
Sandra Izsadore and Fela
Fela Nominated for Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Fela Kuti x Online Ceramics Collaboration
Sorrow Tears and Blood (Edit) out now
Zombie (Edit) out now
"I Go Shout Plenty" now available digitally
Fela Kuti honored by Carhartt WIP collection
Fela Kuti Box Set #4 individual titles now available
New Afrika Shrine
The Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Scholarship
Fela, The Musical
Music is the Weapon