There are so many music legends in Nigeria and Fela Kuti is one of them. He is one of Nigeria’s most famous and loved musicians, especially because he pioneered Afrobeat – a genre-blending of jazz, funk, psychedelic rock, traditional West African chant, and rhythms – into conscious music in the 60s and 70s. His type of music has become fuel for a new generation of creators who are tapping into his music, and the spirit behind it, to make new records. He was also an activist who spoke out against bad governance using his influence.
(1) Fela started big with the help of his wealthy parents, whereas Wizkid had to start from scratch:
One of the criteria that determines how easily success is achieved is determined is financial status. According to research, Fela's parents were wealthy. His mother, Chief Olufumilayo, was the first woman to drive a car in Nigeria. So every resource was there for him. After his secondary education, he was sent to study medicine but, instead, went to Trinity College of Music. During this time, he formed his first band named Koola Lobitos. This was the beginning of his success.
However, Wizkid never attended music school before he started making songs. He started from little. According to Toke Wakinwa, Wizkid used to carry speakers in the studio she worked in, and he was also used as an errand boy, as he was often sent by DJs to buy Amala, and he would do it. He was the studio rat. All he always says is, "just help me play my song." But with hard work and consistency, he was available to reach where he is today.
(2) Wizkid has won the most valuable international award:
The famous singer won the best music video award at the 63rd Grammy awards for his collaboration with Beyoncé and her daughter, Blue Ivy, in "Brown Skin Girl".
(3) formalized consideration of their age and their achievements, Wizkid has achieved a lot at a young age and his age is a bonus for him since he has more years to go. But Fela's achievements are limited since he passed on.
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