- Femi and Yeni Kuti's maternal grandma dies
- The Afro beat icon reveals how his late grandmother influenced his music
- He gives more credit of his musical success to his grandma and not his father
The Afro beat singer Femi Kuti and Yeni are bereaved.
They lost their maternal grandmother to the cold hands of death. The Bang Bang singer took to his Instagram page on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, to announce their loss.
“My Maternal Grandmother, who changed my life, by talking sense into me changing my whole attitude positively.Will miss u thanks for the LOVE and CARE (RIP) u will always be in my heart of hearts.��”
In an interview with Thenet in November 2016, Femi recounted the impact his grandmother had on his music.
Femi and sibling moved in with their maternal grandmother when their late father the legendary Fela Kuti was jailed by the Buhari led military administration. During that time, his grandmother had time to talk sense into him over his style of music. She noted that his music was more noise than music and spoke sense into him. Narrating the effect of her condemnation of her music he said:
“My maternal grandmother saved my life by talking sense into me that ‘you are a useless musician. You know what, all my life listening to musicians; you are the lousiest musician I’ve heard. Do you think because you are Fela’s son, who the hell cares.
But she spoke the truth, so I was crying inside. When she now left my room I cried cried cried, I cried all night. So if I gave anybody credit, it would have been her, not even my father."
Narrating how took her advice and worked on his music, the singer said that he started practicing minimum of six hours every day since then and this saved his as musical career.
Femi also joked that if it were somebody else, he could have taken a gun and killed the person for rubbishing him.
The deceased, fondly called Nanny, was the mother of Fela Kuti’s first wife Remilekun Taylor-Kuti.
Fela and Remi had three children together, Yeni, Femi and the late Sola.