Fela Kuti (1938 - 1997)

Revolutionary Nigerian musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti is a giant in Africa and around the world. Throughout his life he was arrested over 200 times, defiantly challenging government corruption in his performances. Fela combined musical forms to create a new genre called Afrobeat, writing subversive lyrics that directly attacked the military dictatorship of his time. Despite constant intimidation and a number of assassination attempts, Fela Kuti never stopped his fearless criticism of colonialism and greed.