Femi Kuti (born June 16, 1962) is the stage name of Nigerian Afrobeat and jazz musician Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti. Next week our episode takes us to Cuba. That’s what we’re here for. Femi was born in London to Fela and Remi Kuti and grew up in the former Nigerian capital, Lagos.
Here’s a little preview. Clave, that’s actually the- the title of the last track of your new album. Amazing feat, wanted to bring that up to y’all. So, rather than me rehashing his awards and accolades, that you can find all over the internet, I wanna get you into the content that’s exclusive to the World Music Foundation podcast. Well, I found out Femi Kuti’s blown out that record twice. The speed of the clave, that’s the way you walk. Thank you to the Chocolate City Group in Nigeria for making this possible. Yeeees, yes, yes! He also gets into his life-changing transition from the Saxophone to the Trumpet and the effect this has had on his music and his thoughts. We speak with GRAMMY nominated, Havana-born pianist, composer and bandleader, Roberto Fonseca, about his latest album, that came out just a handful of days ago. But for this weeks episode, we’re all wrapped up. Well he was heartbroken of course, he didn’t know if he could do it, if he could surpass that again, could get up the mental fortitude. And I’ll actually tell you more about that world record at the end of this episode. But, I’m not gonna get into that. In 1977, however, Femi chose to move in with his father. Our guest today, Afro-beat legend Femi Kuti, is on that same mission. The thing is very important. His mother soon left his father, taking Femi to live with her. Femi eventually became a member of his father's band. The World Music Foundation podcast is produced by the World Music Foundation.
Hours and hours, like twelve hours a day.
I can get into his worldwide tour schedule, even the fact that he holds a world record, but that can all be googled. “My Maternal Grandmother, who changed my life, by talking sense into me changing my whole attitude positively. And- and the bass line and the harmony, that’s your spirit. We’re gonna start with how Femi Kuti describes himself. If you have, let us know about it, let us know what you think. John spoke with Femi from the Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, where he shared the details of his musical upbringing and the importance of different music cultures. Can’t thank this week’s guest, Femi Kuti, enough. So, if you’re not familiar, we’ve provided a biography video at WMFPodcast.org/13. If you’re not familiar with the style of music called “Afrobeat”, no worries. Femi is the son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and is considered a torch-bearer to his father’s legacy, but in this interview Femi explains why he believes that his mother, Remilekun Taylor, is actually 90% responsible for who he is.Hello, hello and welcome again to the World Music Foundation podcast. His mother soon left his father, taking Femi to live with her. It requires circular breathing, most importantly it requires incredible strength of mind and lungs. But, he did. Our nonprofit mission is pretty simple: to open minds through music. He’s amazing at what he does on the saxophone and I thought Kenny G. held the world record for the world’s longest note held on the saxophone. He didn’t even want to ask a question to the Universe, he’s like “I’ll just figure it out, that’s our role.” He’ll just figure it out. Did you check the time remaining on this episode? I want to get into the interview and also get into all the multiple GRAMMY nominations that our guest, Femi Kuti, has received. By using our services, you're agreeing to our We’re gonna discuss that and as always we’ll present music clips but we’re also gonna mention very briefly Femi Kuti’s father, Fela Kuti.
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