Femi Kuti, and his son, Made, performed together on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
It was an amazing night at the New Afrika Shrine, in Ikeja, Lagos, when afrobeat musician, Femi Kuti, and Made his Son performed together on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
A highlight was when Femi’s sister, Yeni, on behalf of the Kuti family, presented the singer with a birthday cake and a golden Selmer saxophone, which is said to be one of the most expensive saxophones in the world, as a birthday gift.
The singer will be 60 on June 16, 2022. Yeni also pleaded with her brother to ‘retire’ his old saxophone which he had been using for the past 23 years.
Evidently pleased with the gift, Femi said, “It is better than (winning) a Grammy Award. As far as I am concerned, (this is) the real award from my people to appreciate my four decades in the business.”
The night was kick-started with a performance by a singer called Olusegun and his band., Afterwards, ‘Made’ took to the stage. After his opening performance, the singer rendered a song in honour of the late student of Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, who was stoned and lynched for alleged blasphemy.
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‘Made’ went ahead to entertain his teeming fans with the lead single, ‘Free your Mind’, off his album, ‘Foreword’. In a romantic twist, the singer was joined on stage by his girlfriend, Inedoye Onyenso, who danced to his song. The actress and scriptwriter indeed provide moral support for her man as they danced together on stage.
Femi performed immediately after his son’s performance. Aside from delivering some of his hit songs, he also played several instruments, including a saxophone, as well as normal and classical keyboards. His acrobatic dance steps were also well received by the happy crowd.
The musician also used the occasion to express his sadness at the killing of church worshippers’ people in Owo, Ondo State.
He said, “It is very important not to forget what has happened in this country, again today in Owo, Ondo State. More people were killed, and the government will tell us again, ‘We will look for them. We will find them’.
“They are always looking for ‘them’ and trying to find ‘them’. Government lies, but I want you to all know this shrine has been in existence for 22 years.”
Encouraging the audience to enjoy the night, Femi said, “Let’s enjoy tonight because it is one of the most important nights of my life, to see my son ascend to greatness.”
A notable moment on the night was when Femi’s children joined him on stage and choreographed with him. Some of the guests at the event were actor and producer, Kunle Afolayan; comedian, Omobaba; and dancer, Segun Adefila of Crown Troupe Africa.
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