1938-1997. Pianist, saxophonist, pot
-smoking statesman. The James Brown
, Bob Marley
, and Bob Dylan
. A classically-trained musician
, he became politicised by both West African funk
and the US Black Power movement of the 60s. His Africa
70 and Egypt
80 Afrobeat orchestras inspired Brian Eno
and David Byrne
, and was a thorn in the side of despots.
"If you want to be a musician, you have to listen to jazz" - to his son Femi, who now carries on the family business.