Seun Kuti, son of Fela Kuti, late Afrobeat legend, says a lot of contemporary artistes who claimed they are inspired by his father only use him as excuse to smoke and chase girls.

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In Instagram live chat with Ubi Franklin, a media personality, Seun said such artistes often hide under the notion of being inspired by the late singer to pursue their own interests.

The 37-year-old Afrobeat singer also added that majority of those who make such claims are from religious homes but they use his father as a form of “escapism”.

“I think a lot of them grow up in Christian and Muslim homes but use Fela as an excuse to smoke and chase girls,” he said.

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“And also using Fela as a reason to be reckless and rude to your elders. They are not really rude to the authorities”.

The late iconic singer has continued to be a focal point in discussions bordering on the country’s music industry, often seen as a yardstick for comparison with contemporary Afrobeat singers.

Burna Boy, Nigerian singer, had in February caused a stir on social media after he claimed to be the best in the country’s music industry since Fela.

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The ‘Ye’ crooner had also claimed that he brought Afrobeat genre to the mainstream where it is currently enjoying western recognition.

Seun, however, aimed a thinly-veiled dig at the singer over his comment, saying “they say they do it alone. I just have to smile!”



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