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Kuti Seun: Fela’s Wives Nearly Killed Him

 Kuti Seun: Fela’s Many Wives Nearly Stressed Him to Death.

Seun Kuti

Kuti Seun, a Nigerian musician, recently recounted how his father, Fela Kuti, was nearly overwhelmed by the stress caused by his numerous wives and concubines. During a recent podcast appearance, Seun shared insights into the challenging dynamics within Fela’s household.

Fela Kuti Extraordinary Life.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti was a groundbreaking Nigerian musician and activist, credited with pioneering the Afrobeat genre. Born on October 15, 1938, in Abeokuta, Nigeria, Fela became a prominent figure in the 1970s and 1980s for both his music and his outspoken criticism of Nigeria’s corrupt military regimes. His music, characterized by a fusion of traditional African rhythms, jazz, highlife, and funk, became a powerful tool for social and political commentary.

The Stress of a Unique Household

Seun Kuti revealed that Fela’s household was far more complex than most people realized. Beyond the well-known fact that Fela married 27 women in one day, he also had about 100 concubines living with him at his Kalakuta Republic home. According to Seun, managing the needs and expectations of so many people created an immense amount of stress for Fela.

“People only know of Fela’s 27 wives; they don’t know about his over 100 girlfriends who lived with us in the house. The wives and girlfriends almost killed Fela with stress,” Seun said during the podcast.

The Toll of Fame and Family

Seun explained that the multitude of relationships Fela maintained contributed significantly to his stress levels. Maintaining order in a large household strained Fela’s health, revealing unseen challenges despite his public charisma and music.

Fela Kuti Legacy and Passing

Fela Kuti died on August 2, 1997, at 58, from AIDS-related complications. His death marked the loss of a musical legend and a fearless advocate for social justice. Fela’s influence remains strong today, with his music continuing to inspire new generations and his legacy celebrated worldwide.

Seun Kuti’s revelations highlight the personal challenges Fela faced, showing the human side of a larger-than-life figure.