African superstar, composer, singer, and musician, as well as mystic and political activist, Nigerian Fela Kuti, born in 1938, was controversy personified. He was swept to international celebrity on a wave of scandal and flamboyance, and when he died of AIDS in 1997, more than a million people attended his funeral. But what was he really like, this man who could as easily arouse violent hostility as he could unswerving loyalty? Carlos Moore s unique biography, based on hours of conversation and told in Fela s first-person vernacular, reveals the icon s complex personality and tumultuous existence. Moore includes interviews with fifteen of his queens, wives, photos,and an updated discography.