– Afro Beats scion Femi Kuti breaks a 1997 world record and he sets a new one. Legendary saxophonist Kenny G when he held an E-Flat for over 45 minutes 37 seconds, Femi sets a new world record of 46 minutes 38 seconds. Femi has been nominated for the Grammy awards four times but he is yet to win one
Afro Beats scion Femi Kuti has broken the world’s longest note held on a saxophone.
According to his proud sister Yeni Kuti, Femi broke a December, 1997 world record set by legendary saxophonist Kenny G when he held an E-Flat for over 45 minutes 37 seconds. Femi did broke set a new record of 46 minutes 38 seconds!
It was reported that to accomplish this, Kenny G used a technique called Circular Breathing, “which keeps a steady stream of air flowing through the saxophone even as the player breathes.”
For Femi, it is unclear yet what technique he used or even, the member of the saxophone family he used to achieve the massive feat.
His happy elder sister Yeni shares the news on her Instagram page on Monday, May 8. She wrote:
Femi started playing the sax when he was 15. He went on to become a member of his late father Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s band where he was for some years before he started a band of his own Positive Force in the late 80s.
Aside the saxophone, Femi plays other musical instruments like the trumpet and the piano.
Femi has been nominated for a Grammy award four times in the world music category in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013, though he is yet to won any, he has won any Grammy award, he has broken a world record in the presence of notable people like Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, the deputy high commissioners of Netherlands and The United Kingdom among others. And he awaits an official recognition by the Guinness World Record.