Artistes Use Fela As Excuse To Smoke – Seun Kuti
Seun Kuti, son of Fela Kuti, late Afrobeat legend, says a lot of contemporary artistes who claimed they are inspired by his father only use him as excuse to smoke and chase girls.
In Instagram live chat with Ubi Franklin, a media personality, Seun said such artistes often hide under the notion of being inspired by the late singer to pursue their own interests.
The 37-year-old Afrobeat singer also added that majority of those who make such claims are from religious homes but they use his father as a form of “escapism”.
“I think a lot of them grow up in Christian and Muslim homes but use Fela as an excuse to smoke and chase girls,” he said.
“And also using Fela as a reason to be reckless and rude to your elders. They are not really rude to the authorities”.
The late iconic singer has continued to be a focal point in discussions bordering on the country’s music industry, often seen as a yardstick for comparison with contemporary Afrobeat singers.
Burna Boy, Nigerian singer, had in February caused a stir on social media after he claimed to be the best in the country’s music industry since Fela.
The ‘Ye’ crooner had also claimed that he brought Afrobeat genre to the mainstream where it is currently enjoying western recognition.
Seun, however, aimed a thinly-veiled dig at the singer over his comment, saying “they say they do it alone. I just have to smile!”