Analysis of Vocal Elements in Afrobeat Music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

  • Albert Oikelome Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Akoka
Keywords: Afrobeat, Compositional techniques, Popular Music, Genres, Pop culture


Fela Anikulapo Kuti has been adjured one of the best musician from the African continent with the Afrobeat genre. His use of Afrobeat as an instrument of revolution has been discussed in varied forms and shades. However, the issue of compositional elements in his music has been glossed over by many scholars over the years. This paper examines the compositional elements in selected songs of Fela Anikulapo Kuti with a view to understand the creative ingenuity of the musician. Through analytical lenses, the paper reveals some of the techniques employed by the musician which are germane to the study of African music. This will further generate intellectual interest in the minds of scholars who may wish to undertake such analysis of other genres of popular music in Africa.