During his music education in London, he played with his band Koola Lobitos (1963–1969), before returning to Nigeria to start a new journey. He experimented with jazz, highlife, afro-soul and folksongs, which resulted in a new genre of music called Afrobeat for which the legend is known all over the world. Fela performed to large audiences around the world. One of the subject-curators of the John Randle Centre approached the Fela Anikulapo-Kuti family to loan some objects from his memorial museum, Kalakuta Museum; a pair of shoes and a costume with embroidery of the ancient Egyptian symbol for conscience were approved for loan.
Curators are actively engaging artists, authors, craftspeople, historians, and storytellers to bring the rich tangible and intangible Yoruba culture into the Centre.