The late Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti’s son, Grammy-nominated artist Seun Kuti, has stated that his success in music is unrelated to this fact.

He claimed that his “deliberate efforts” and “dedication” are what allowed him, his older brother Femi Kuti, and his nephew Made Kuti to have successful music careers.

The contentious singer claimed that although Fela’s father, Reverend Israel Ransome-Kuti, was a musician as well, no one ever gave his father credit for Fela’s musical accomplishments.

Kuti recently stated in a recent interview with actress Iyabo Ojo, “It is not because of our dad that we are successful in music. My brother, Femi Kuti is 60. I am 40. My nephew, Made Kute is behind us now too, and he is in his 20s. And he is actually the best of all of us. That’s what it means; it continues to progress because we are really dedicated to it.

“It’s not just because we are Fela’s children. I mean, nobody says Fela is a musician because his father was a musician. Nobody knows that Fela’s father was a musician. My grandfather was a musician. He recorded albums, he wrote a lot of hymns. My great grandfather was the first person in Nigeria to record a song. We came from a lineage of musicians.

“We even have a brother that grew up in Australia that didn’t grow up with the family, he didn’t even know that he was a Kuti until his 50s, he’s not a musician but he is a creative art director. It’s what we are. We are creative people. So, when people say we are successful musicians because we are Fela’s children, they are just being half clever.”

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