For more than four decades, Rikki Stein has been associated with, or directly responsible for the realisation of 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 personal and business management of a number of distinguished performing artists, signing them to record companies and initiating and organising tours of concert halls and theatres throughout the world. The most significant of these projects is as follows:
Member of the Executive team of the Glastonbury Festival from 1981 to 1990. 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 United States. Personal manager to Fela Anikulapo Kuti, one of Africa’s most distinguished musicians and composers, from 1983 to his passing in 1997, involving the organisation of high profile tours, both in Africa and throughout the world, negotiation of contracts with record companies and general business administration, marketing and promotion for this illustrious artist. Rikki’s defence of Fela’s legacy continues to the present day.
Company Secretary and Administrator of Kalakuta Limited, the Company set up to protect the business interests of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, of which Fela was Chairman from 1990 until Fela’s sad demise in 1997. Company Secretary and Administrator of The Fela Anikulapo Kuti Estate Limited, a Company formed in 1997 to protect the interests of Fela’s Inheritors. Company Secretary and Director of MWF Ltd, a Company formed 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.
Managing Director of Calm Before The Storm Limited a company formed in 2009 to create and manage arts related projects. Associate Producer of Fela! The Musical which played on Broadway in New York and in London 2009/10 and toured the US 2010/11
Executive Producer of Fela! The Musical in Lagos Nigeria 2011
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. International Adviser to the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) which took place in Lagos Nigeria in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017, 2018 in Ghana and back to Nigeria in 2019
Head of A&R for Okaymusic, an OkayAfrica project, providing a digital music service which gives its artists access to every major digital platform worldwide. For more than forty years, apart from his predominant management activities, Rikki Stein has been associated with many aspects of the entertainment industry.
He has been employed by record companies as a producer in both France and the United States. He has arranged and presented concerts and tours for countless distinguished artists, performing at prestigious venues throughout the world. He has been involved in varying capacities with festivals on several continents. He has also successfully negotiated funding and grants for various arts projects.