Music icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti really left an indelible mark on the Nigerian music industry and “Afrobeat” as a genre and finding someone similar in this recent generation has been somewhat of a fool’s quest.
At the moment, fans have linked Fela’s persona to both Wizkid and Burna Boy, the former because of his wide international recognition and the latter because of his Afrobeat rhythm.
Both might not be far from it but, the case of using music to address the wrongs in the society which was a we’ll known trademark of Fela, has been absent on both fronts. This, brings another artist, Folarin Falana aka Falz to the picture.
But, what does Fela’s own son, Seun Kuti think about the whole replicating quests?
In a new interview with TVC, Seun Kuti bared his mind on the lingering comparison, stating that modern day “Afrobeat” has really lost it’s rhythm.
Read excerpts from the interview as posted by media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on his official social media page:
“I will not let people bastardize his legacy. The part of Fela that was escentric, artistes want to use it as an excuse to get away with their irresponsibilities. Everybody wants to smoke igbo, chase plenty girls. Don’t minimize my father to such a basis level.”
“Majority of Nigerian music today I always tell people is a tool of the oppressors. The music puts pressure on young people… Saying look at me I have this nice car, I can get your girl, look at my beautiful clothes, what do you have? This is not the power of music.”
“I’m ashamed of what we call afrobeats here. Because when you go international and see, they’re about to take the culture from us.” -Seun Kuti