Femi Anikulapo Kuti, the son of the legendary Afrobeat musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, had an interview with BBCpidgin, where he talked about the joint album with his son, Made Kuti, and his late father.
In talking about the spirituality of Afrobeat as people perceive, Femi Anikulapo Kuti explained that Afrobeat is spiritual, as the music itself is generally spiritual, and it’s the only profession that you can’t touch but touches you.
On The Joint Album Released With His Son
I want to show the world how much I love my son, I want to inspire the world to spread more love and inspirations.
When I thought of the matter, I called my son and I said: I don’t think any father and son have done such collaboration before, but we will the first to do it. It will show how much we love ourselves as a family and how much we care for ourselves. And I told my son that many would like the idea and they would emulate it, he was happy to hear it.
On What Femi Found Interesting About His Son
What I’m happy about my son, Made, is that after all these years, he stands on his own with respect to his father and his grandfather. He’s very humble and he’s a kind of child that you thank God for.
What’s The Difference Between Femi As Father And Femi As A Musician
Femi as a father and Femi as a musician is interwoven as both rely on each other. Femi the musician knows family comes first and Femi the father, family comes first as well.
What Do You Still Remember About Your Father, Fela,
Many things to learn from my father, and many things I respect about him. I respect his bravery, courage, discipline as a musician, and the most important one he’s righteousness. My father didn’t like lie and would not hide his feeling.
How Do You See Afrobeat Genre
I never doubted the Afrobeat music as a child and it inspired me in many ways, maybe because Fela’s song was an eye-opener about real issues in our society.
How Do You Relax
I don’t normally relax and even my family are complaining. I used to wake up around 9-10am in the morning then I go straight for my sax and practice for like 3 hours, take trumpet for 5-6 hours practice. Then, I play with the children and we engage in football competitions.
What’s Your Favorite Meal
I like beans but after every performance I like to eat eba (cassava mold) because it’s easy to consume despite my son kicking against it. I love fried plantain very much.