A famous Nigerian musician, Seun Kuti is facing criminal charges following a May 2023 arrest.
Seun Kuti turned himself in on Monday, May 15, 2023, alongside a lawyer and a family representative.
Who is Seun Kuti?
Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti, who goes by the stage name Seun Kuti, is a musician who was born on January 11, 1983, in Lagos, Nigeria.
Kuti was exposed to music at a young age due to his family’s history in the industry and his passion quickly made him an international sensation.
He is arguably best known for leading the band Egypt 80, a position he has held since the age of 14.
The band was originally founded by Kuti’s father but he took over after his untimely death in 1997.
Why was Seun Kuti arrested?
Kuti was arrested after a video of him hitting a police officer went viral, according to The Guardian.
The Grammy-nominated Afrobeat artist has not denied the allegations, but he has claimed that the officer attempted to kill him and his family.
“He tried to kill me and my family. I have the proof but I no dey chase clout,” Kuti wrote after the incident, via Daily Post.
“[The officer] has apologized and I have agreed not to press charges.”
At this time, additional information on Kuti’s case is unclear.
Seun Kuti father
Seun Kuti was born in 1983 to musicians Fehintola Anikulapo Kuti and Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti.
Not much is known about Kuti’s mother, but his father, who often went by his first name, was a famed Nigerian musician, bandleader, composer, political activist, and Pan-Africanist.
Fela was famously known for launching the popular Afrobeat genre, which fuses American blues, jazz, and funk with traditional Yoruba, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.
He also used his platform to sing about social justice in an attempt to make change.
Kuti’s mother is still alive, but his father passed away in 1997 at the age of 58 after a battle with AIDS, according to the Associated Press.