Can we say that Femi Kuti is definitely not happy with Dede Mabiaku?
Felabration continues to honour the memory, and celebrate the achievement of Nigeria’s greatest musician in a grand music festival. Every year, divers acts in the country pay respects via performances to the legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Femi Kuti, son of the legend was enjoying a performance with veteran singer Daddy Showkey when he was asked by Showkey that Mabiaku be invited to Felaberation. This leto immediate change of countenance by Femi.
Taking time out to respond; ‘he claims he’s Fela’s son but anytime we do anything for Fela, he never shows up. We don’t pay anybody to come for Felabration, we just mention Fela’s name and artiste turn up because of their love for Fela. So anybody we wan shakara us make he go die.’
Mabiaku, who is a versatile musician, playing Afrobeat, Highlife and Jazz music genres, is a protégé of the Afrobeat legend. Dede learnt music at the feet of the Nigerian icon, for 10 years becoming an integral part of Fela’s daily life and his band Egypt 80. But since the inception of Felabration 18 years ago, Dede Mabiaku has never performed at the annual festival.
In September 2016 in an interview, Dede claimed “I don’t have any issue with any of what you have mentioned (Femi Kuti, Yeni Kuti). That I have not been invited by them to perform at the Felabration, it should be your duty to ask them how and why,” he told Global Excellence.
In 2015, Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti, founder of Felaberation Said “I am not fighting Dede. When we meet we greet and we talk”.
But I personally believe there is something behind this. What do u think?
Written by Clement Oluwasegun