Rebelling against oppressive regimes through his music came at a heavy cost to Fela Kuti, who was arrested by the Nigerian government over 150 times, and was subject to numerous beatings that left him with lifelong scars.

Rather than abandon his cause, however, Kuti used these experiences as inspiration to write more lyrics. He produced roughly 50 albums over the course of his musical career, including songs for Les Negresses under the pseudonym Sodi in 1992.

Some pictures of him after he was beaten and hospitalized:

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