Femi Kuti Shut Down By Nigerian Cops


Son of legendary
Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti target of possibly trumped-up accusations.


By Fred Mills


With an American tour slated to start just next week, Afro-beat
star Femi Kuti got some rude news earlier this week from Nigerian authorities:
they shut down his new Africa Shrine music venue, using as a basis somewhat
vague environmental laws and citing “noise nuisance, illegal street trading, indiscriminate parking,
blocking of access roads and obstruction of traffic.”


According to a
report filed by Agence France Presse, Yeni Kuti, eldest child of Fela
Kuti (who passed away from AIDS in 1997), and co-manager of the club with Femi,
said the state government gave the Kuti family 48 hours “to abate the
nuisance and restore the land to a conducive environment” but closed the
club less than 24 hours after the delivery of the letter. “I’m shocked,
indignant,” Yeni told reporters. “They [authorities in Lagos] dropped the note on Monday evening and
the next day at 9:00 am they had closed the place.”


No other details are known at this time.




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