Rikki Stein

Bio

Rikki Stein is a veteran music manager from London, UK. He is the CEO of Kalakuta Sunrise Ltd and Kalakuta Sunrise Publishing, set up in 2012 to launch Knitting Factory Records in the UK and across Europe, including the re-packaging and re-release of the entire 50 album catalogue of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and the development and promotion of many other artists, including his sons, Femi and Seun Anikulapo Kuti.

Stein is also the head of A&R for Okaymusic, a digital music service which gives its artists access to every major digital platform worldwide. He has been associated with a significant number of projects relating to the presentation of music, dance and drama, in the context of major open-air events and international festivals.

He has been involved with the management of distinguished performing artists, signing them to record companies, initiating and organising tours of concert halls and theatres throughout the world.

Some of the most significant projects Stein has been part of include:

1. Member of the Glastonbury Festival executive team from 1981 to 1990.

2. Agent for numerous African performing artists from 1984 to 1988, involving the organisation of international tours for artists from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Burundi, Guinea, Nigeria, Mali, Zaire, Jamaica, etc., as well as for African artists living in Great Britain and the US.

3. Personal manager to one of Africa’s most distinguished musicians and composers Fela Anikulapo Kuti from 1983 until his passing on in 1997.

4. Personal manager to Les Ballet Africains, a national dance company in Conakry, Guinea from 1988 to 2000. 

5. Company secretary and administrator of Kalakuta Limited, a company that was set up to protect the business interests of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, where he was the chairman  from 1990 until his passing on in 1997.

6. Company secretary and administrator of the Fela Anikulapo Kuti Estate Limited, a company that was formed in 1997 to protect the interests of Fela’s inheritors.

7. Company secretary and director of MWF Ltd, a company that was eastablished in 1990 to organise the catalogue of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. From 1990 to the present day, MWF Ltd has been responsible for digitally remastering Fela’s entire back catalogue of more than 50 albums and preparing the catalogue for commercial release throughout the world.

8. Managing director of  Calm Before The Storm Limited, a company formed in 2009 to create and manage arts related projects. Associate producer of the Broadway production of the Fela! Musical in 2009 and at London’s National Theatre.

9. Executive producer of the Fela! Musical in Lagos, Nigeria (2011).

10. CEO of Kalakuta Sunrise Ltd and Kalakuta Sunrise Publishing, a company that was set up in 2012 to launch Knitting Factory Records in the UK and across Europe. The company also re-packaged and re-released an entire 50 album catalogue of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and the development and promotion of many other artists, including his sons, Femi and Seun Anikulapo Kuti.

11. International adviser to the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) which...

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