1938-1997. Pianist, saxophonist, pot-smoking statesman. The James Brown, Bob Marley, and Bob Dylan of Nigeria. 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.

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