Africa should recognise Egypt 80 Band as an institution – Seun Kuti


Lasun Alagbe

Afro beat act, Seun Kuti, has described his band – the Egypt 80 – as one that Africa should recognise as an institution.

He holds back no words as he brags about the success of the brand, which he inherited from his father, Fela.

In an interview with ‘City 105.1 FM’, the Grammy-nominated performer emphasised his delight in leading the band, claiming it is Africa’s most successful.

He stated: “I won’t stop speaking my mind because I’m no longer afraid of anything you’re going to do. What are you going to do? You’re not going to play my videos? Are you not already doing this? So what are you going to do?”

He added (stet): “Even when I got nominated for the Grammys, no award organisation in the whole of Africa nominated my band in any category, knowing fully well that no matter what anybody says about me, I, Seun, am the frontman for Africa’s most successful band. By the time I drop my next album, it will be 55 albums.”

Seun highlighted the band’s significance thus:

“The band that I lead is an African musical institution. If we knew what we were doing in Africa, it would go without saying that this band should be given some kind of national recognition to keep them in the forefront of the psyche of African people all over the world, to know that Africans can achieve institutions like this. But well, that is for an African who knows what he’s doing.”

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