Born on this day, October 15, 1938, in Abeokuta, Nigeria - Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
"I must identify myself with Africa. Then I will have an identity."
On how he came up with his Afrobeat sound.
Just Fela? Yeah, jus’ Fela.
Address? My house.
Where? Right here, in Surulere, man, yeah!”
A conversation between Fela and the police officer who ‘checked’ him in at Alagbon Close police station in 1974, the very first time Fela was arrested.
"To be spiritual is not by praying and going to church. Spiritualism is the understanding of the universe so that it can be a better place to live in."
Fela’s explanation on one of his anti-Christian views.
"…man is here against his will. Where do we come from? What was before us?…when you think you die, you’re not dead. It’s a transition."
Fela being philosophical on life and death.
"That is my best friend because it is a gift of the creator to Africans. It is a spirit. Marijuana has five fingers of creation…it enhances all your five senses."
Pointing to and explaining the essence of a joint.
"No. Not at all. You know what I want? I want the world to change."
Fela’s reply to the question : ”Do you want to leave an imprint on the world?”
Fela Kuti (born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti; 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997).