Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti, daughter of late legendary musician, Fela Kuti says her brother, Femi has broken the World record for the longest single note held on a saxophone at the New Africa Shrine. Yeni said her brother attained the feat on Sunday at the New Africa Shrine. How Nigeria’s Femi Kuti broke world saxophone record.
On Instagram page @yenikuti, the public speaker wrote:
“This evening 7th May at the New Africa Shrine, Femi Kuti broke the world record for the longest single note on a saxophone note set in 1997 by Kenny G. The record stood at 45mins 37 seconds….Femi did 46mins 38seconds!! Give it up, we have a world champ. This was witnessed by a large audience that included Sen. Ben Murray-Bruce, the deputy high commissioners of Netherlands and The United Kingdom,” Yeni added.
How Nigeria’s Femi Kuti broke world saxophone record
Legendary saxophonist Kenny G, set a world record in December, 1997 when he held an E-Flat for over 45 minutes. Kenny G was reported to have used a technique called ‘Circular Breathing’, which keeps a steady stream of air flowing through the saxophone even as the player breathes. But for Femi Kuti, it is unclear yet the member of the sax family he used to achieve the massive feat or what technique he used.
While he awaits an official recognition by the Guinness World Record, Femi, a four-time Grammy award nominee, is skilled on other musical instruments including the trumpet and the piano. He started playing the sax when he was 15 and joined his father’s band “The Egypt 80″ and later formed his own band, “Positive Force’’ in the late 80s.
Good stuff. Let’s bring the Grammy award home just as singer 9ice – ‘Alakpomeji’ crooner vowed.