I will only work with Femi when I’m broke – Seun Kuti

by Anike Jacobs

Seun Kuti, son of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, says he can only work with his elder brother, Femi, if he is financially down.

In a chat with the Punch Newspapers, he said “Collaborations like that are money spinners. If we would collaborate, it is not because we want to do something great for music because we are already making great music individually. But if we do it, it would mainly be for financial reason. We agreed that as soon as we feel our career is slowing down and money is not coming as it should, we would jump into the studio and do a money spinner.”

And then he cleared the misconceptions on his controversial lifestyle: “I don’t think I am even controversial. The society is morally bankrupt, so they find truth as controversial. I try as much as possible to be myself all the time. Being Fela’s son is part of who I am. If someone as great as Fela is your father, it is very likely that he would influence you. I don’t owe anybody any explanation for that. I have never made decisions because I want to be like my father. In fact, my father never encouraged us to make decisions like that. We were taught to accept who we are in its entirety. A big part of my individuality is that I am Fela’s son, what can I do? I just say things the way they are. One day, I wore a suit for my video and the next thing I read about me was, ‘Controversial artiste turns his back against his father, wears a suit.’


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