Interview With Femi Kuti..
In the latest episode of The Truth
With Olisa Adibua , Afrobeat legend
Femi Kuti speaks on a range topics
from how he got the name ‘Shoki’ to
how he has confronted the Nigerian
government with his music.
During the interview, Femi Kuti says
he knew he was going to be a
musician from the age of 5, even
though he was interested in sports.
Despite his early interest in music,
he revealed that Fela insisted that
he learnt music naturally instead of
learning it professionally like him.
Fela’s insistence caused a few
arguments within the family.
According to Femi, family members
thought it would be better if he
read music abroad. “He really liked
street life” says Femi. When Femi
Kuti became successful with his
Wonder, Wonder album Fela was
vindicated in his approach.
Femi goes on to say that Fela
experimented too much with his life.
“The day he knew I started smoking,
he was the happiest man in the
world” reveals the multiple Grammy
nominated musician. “The more
radical, rascal I was, the happier he
was” he further says.
Femi Kuti says his own approach
with his son Made Kuti is different.
The grandson of Fela is currently in
one of the biggest music universities
in England, and is also music tutor.
Femi believes that his son’s love for
classical music will lead him to
create a new and progressive style of
When asked how he came up with
the name ‘Shoki’ which also happens
to be the hottest dance now, the
gentle musician said the moniker
comes from a song of his 1994 album
Wonder, Wonder. The song which is
called ‘Shoki’ is centered on sex
The musician also spoke about his
experience with the Grammys,
licensing Fela’s back catalogue to
Universal Music, and his style of
confronting today’s government.
This is the first part of Femi Kuti’s
feature on The Truth. The second
part will be out soon.