10 Of Our Favorite Fela Kuti Quotes

Music legend and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti would have been 79 years also today. In honor of his life and his mission to use his music to liberate his people, we have compiled a few of our favorite Fela quotes. Happy Birthday Fela!

Fela Kuti at the Senator Hotel, London, UK on 11 November 1983

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.

My people are scared of the air around them, they always have an excuse not to fight for freedom.

I don’t treat women as objects to be used. I just don’t agree to possess a woman.

The music of Africa is big sound: it’s the sound of a community.

To think how many Africans suffer in oblivion. That makes me sad… Despite my sadness, I create joyful rhythms… I am an artist… I want people to be happy and I can do it by playing happy music. And through happy music I tell them about the sadness of others… So really I am using my music as a weapon.

I want peace. Happiness. Not only for myself. For everybody.

99.9% of the information you get about Africa is wrong.

Music is a weapon of the future / music is the weapon of the progressives / music is the weapon of the givers of life.

I don’t mind criticism, I can handle it, but most people can’t.

Yellow Fever, you dey bleach o, you dey bleach, ugly thing. Who say you fine? Na lie.

My people dey ‘shuffering’ and ‘smiling’, everyday na the same thing. Suffer, suffer for world, enjoy for heaven.



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