Seun Kuti is shaking a table that has a lot of singers on it following his comments where he said everyone wants to be Fela because they want to smoke weed and chase women. The music star and son to the late music icon, Fela Kuti made this known via his Instagram page on Monday, October 15, 2018. According to Seun Kuti, everyone wants to be Fela without taking the sacrifice and the call to duty.
He revealed that “People will never understand you without going through the education you have tried to promote. Every Tom Dick And Ashy is the new Fela just because they want to smoke Igbo and chase women. How about the sacrifice? How about duty? They want to be Fela and at the same time be the darlings of all the oppressors. All these new Fela’s and those possessed by his spirit hobnobbing with white supremacists.
“They think u are great because rappers mention your name, they don’t know that rappers mention ur name so they can feel greatness. What do they know about sacrifice? What do they know about the trauma that first-hand violence has inflicted on our family? The blind leading the blind listening to the deaf speak! Happy 80th. The struggle intensifies!!!” he said.
Seun recently came for US Rapper Kanye who revealed in a nine-minute video titled ‘Mind Control’, which was shared on his Twitter account, where he had claimed that the spirit of the late legend flows through him.
Seun Kuti has taken to his Instagram account to call out American rapper, Kanye West, who had claimed that he is possessed by the spirit of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Kanye revealed this in a nine-minute video titled ‘Mind Control’, which was shared on his Twitter account yesterday, where he had claimed that the spirit of the late legend flows through him.
“I am in Africa recording. The music is the best on the planet. I am the best living recording artiste… we, rather, because the spirit flows through me. The spirit of Fela, the spirit of Marley, the spirit of Pac flows through me,” said Kanye in the video, adding, “We know who the best is.”
The video attracted reactions on social media, and Seun Kuti was among the people who reacted, he took to his Instagram to reply the rapper, “On behalf of the Kuti family, I want to state that the spirit of Olufela Anikulapo Kuti isn’t anywhere near Kanye West,” he said.
Seun and his brother Femi are the two commercially successful musical offspring of the late Nigerian afrobeat innovator Fela Kuti. Seun has one younger sister who used to sing in his band. At the age of nine, Seun expressed the wish to sing to his father. A short while later Seun started performing with his father and the band. Since then, Seun has followed the political and social ethos of his father.
After Fela had died in 1997, Seun, then only 14 years old, became the lead singer of Egypt 80. While in school Seun had to choose between a career in music and one in African Football. His 2008 debut album, Many Things, was produced by Martin Meissonnier, who had already produced two albums for his father.
About three-quarters of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement. Live sets consist of both new material and originals from Seun’s father.
Since during his lifetime, Fela Kuti had never performed any songs live on stage which he had recorded in the studio, this is the first chance for many long-time fans to enjoy classics like Shuffering and Shmiling, Colonial Mentality and Army Arrangement in a live setting. A new studio album called From Africa with Fury: Rise was released on 5 April 2011. It was recorded in London, produced by Brian Eno, John Reynolds and Seun himself.
Seun Kuti is featured in Calle 13’s song “Todo se mueve” Everything Moves, on their 2010 album Entren los que quieran.
He participated actively in the Occupy Nigeria protests against the fuel subsidy removal policy of President Goodluck Jonathan in his native Nigeria, in January 2012. Seun Kuti is an atheist.
Seun and girlfriend Yetunde George Ademiluyi welcomed a baby girl on 16 December 2013 and named her Ifafunmike Adara Anikulapo-kuti.
Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 Orchestra performing at Celebrate Brooklyn 2011
In 2014, Seun Kuti was given an honorary invitation to perform live for the first time at the Industry Nite