A powerful and influential voice and “godfather” of African music, Fela Kuti was a human rights campaigner and political activist as well as a charismatic performer and creator of the musical style Afro beat. Heavily influenced by the Black Power movement in the late 60’s during a tour of the United States, Kuti introduced a hardline political edge to his music. Back in Nigeria, he set up his compound and communal recording project, the Kalakua Republic. He suffered many attacks from the military junta of Nigeria during the 70’s and 80’s for speaking out against the government of the day that profited from political exploitation and disenfranchisement of the poor. He died suddenly in 1997, aged 58. In 2008 his life was honoured in a Broadway musical called Fela!