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Fela Didn’t Talk Me Into Music -Femi Kuti

Posted: Nov 22, 2015 at 8:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Femi, son of Afro-beat music legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, has said that his late father didn’t drag him into music.

Speaking in a recent chat with Abiola Alaba Peters, during the just concluded FELABRATION that took place in his father’s Kalakuta Republic, he said, “My father did not influence me as such.

I always knew I would go into music. It was just a question of how and when. He was, however, a big motivation in my life because every child wants to be like his or her father.

The son of a plumber will want to be like his father, especially if he is learning the trade early. If the son loves the father, he will want to emulate him. I am not a different son.

I love my father and wanted to do what he was doing. The only question hanging over that ambition was whether I could fulfil that ambition perfectly.” On his take on the level of growth in Afro music in Nigeria, he said, “I love it; very encouraging and improving.

I don’t know why people have problems with the music. I find it very hard criticising young people trying to do positive things. If they were armed robbers, you know none of us would sleep at night.

So, let’s try to encourage the young ones who are doing positive things. Afro-music is doing fine and we are going higher.” Femi Anikulapo Kuti started music at age 16, having joined his late father’s band in 1979. He played for six years. The same year, he went on to do his first recording with Fela in 1979 titled, ‘Africa Centre of the World.’

He recalled: “I started my own band called the Positive Force in 1986. I went on my first international tour in 1988 – France and Germany – another one in 1989, Switzerland and Germany. My first hit in Nigeria was ‘Wonder Wonder.’ I got my first international breakthrough in 1989 with ‘Shoki shoki’ album, ‘Bang bang.’

So my career has been quite good. I believe I was the first Nigerian to win the KORA, the first Nigerian to win a World Music Award. Some people don’t like to admit the fact, but it is the fact. I am the first Nigerian artiste to break ground internationally,” he said.