In a concert held at the Eko Hotel Friday night on the Lagos Island, scions of Afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti relived their father's legacy, during hours of electrifying performances.
Seun, leader of the vintage Egypt '80 Band of Fela Kuti, opened the second session of the night concert with some Afrobeat instrumentals and numbers. During his performance, Seun spoke in opposition to the idea of revenging against South Africa and South African businesses in relation to Xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Seun advised against any plan of revenge, calling on Nigerians to play the "Big Brother" role of helping the oppressed South Africans see who their real oppressors are, and to confront oppression on the continent altogether. He opined that all black people, including Nigerians and South Africans have common status as "oppressed people", and should join hands to find the African solution to African problems.
Femi Kuti took the stage last, holding his audience in awe of his dexterous play on the trumpet. Femi sustained very long minutes of breathless play on his trumpet, charging the atmosphere into a new configuration that welcomed the audience to another level of excitement. His messages, also as Seun's, didn't depart from their father's style of political messaging. Femi in his usual style weaved anti-corruption lyrics into instrumental ministration of his band.
The night had two segments that started with hip-hop musicians before the two Kutis came on stage. Among artistes in the first segment were Oritsefemi, Seyi Shay, Lil Kesh and other new hip-pop stars.
As Femi's performance was about to close the night, Seun joined to do some dancing steps and sing along with him. He prostrated before Femi, his elder brother to emphasise that his brother, Femi, was the reigning "King" of afrobeat music.
"I have to do some clearing on the title of this concert. I don't know why it is titled so. But how can we say, two kings? It is like comparing the big Oba of Ife with one Oba somewhere in a remote Agbado Ijaiye", Seun had said.