Fela Anikulapo Kuti: Visual and Performance Artist
Ghariokwu Lemi - Fela's Album Art Artist
Fela is without doubt Africa's most important musical artist in the 20th century. Fela Kuti is the undisputed pioneer of Afrobeat – a fusion of jazz, funk, highlife, and traditional West African musical traditions. Fela was a relentless critic of government corruption and the growing cultural imperialism of Nigeria and Africa. He advocated for original thinking by giving confidence to local ideas and cultures.
The art on Fela Kuti's albums has since reached iconic status. The art was made by Nigerian artist and designer, Ghariokwu Lemi,
over a span of 30 years.
Below is the chronological order of Fela Kuti's albums and the specific art featured on each them. A Fela record is designed to aesthetically capture the imagination of an individual by giving a visual prelude to the music.