Twenty years later, Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s afrocentric costumes to be donated to Hardrock Cafe’s Music Memorabilia

Posted on May 17 2017 , at 07:22 pm
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  • The memorabilia collection by Hardrock Cafe is a dedication to Africa's most iconic musicians.


Twenty years after the death of the late Afrobeat maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, his unique costume will go on exhibition at the Hardrock Music Me Memorabilia Collection.

Fela’s legacy has been celebrated all over the globe, more so in his home country Nigeria.

The memorabilia collection by Hardrock Cafe is a dedication to Africa’s most iconic musicians. Last year King Sunny Ade was inducted into the elite group.

Fela, who died in 1997, would be honoured similarly when his two eldest children, Yeni and Femi donate his colourful attire and matching shoes to the memorabilia collection on Thursday May 25.

Seun Kuti (L) and Femi Kuti, sons of Nigeria’s music legend Fela Kuti, share jokes at the opening ceremony of a museum in honour of their father in 2012.

The two-part ceremony starts with an induction ceremony earlier in the day which will be topped by a double dose performance by Fela’s sons Femi and Seun.

Both men will perform with their respective bands, The Postive Force Band and Egypt 80.

Also on the night, two-time Grammy Award winner, Lekan Babalola will release a Fela tribute song as well as a speed painting of the Abami Eda by Fola David.

Fela is regarded one of the finest musicians to ever come out of the African continent and the 20th anniversary of his death is sure to be marked with celebrations like this by fans and aficionados world over.

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