In 1997, Kenny G set a world record for the longest note ever held on a saxophone when he held an E-flat for 45 minutes, using a technique termed as Circular Breathing.
But the current world record holder, Vann Burchfield did this for 47 minutes, 5.5 seconds, breaking Kenny G’s record in 2000.
17 years later, son of Afrobeat legend, Femi Kuti attempted this and was able to beat the 1997 world record of Kenny G but was one minute away from setting a new world record.
He was unable to beat Vann Burchfield’s 47 minutes 5.5 seconds mark.
This happened on May 7 at the New Africa Shrine where he held a single note on a saxophone for 46 minutes 38 seconds.
According to Murray Bruce:
“At 46 minutes and 38 seconds I’m sure Femi Kuti broke the world record pic.twitter.com/68d7cc2xMC“
— Jonathan MurrayBruce (@jonmbruce) May 7, 2017.
But he didn’t. Yet, he deserves a big Kudos.
Written by Clement Oluwasegun