Afro beat maestro and one of Africa’s greatest music exports, Femi Kuti, has been confirmed to perform at Nigeria’s most prestigious music awards, The Headies, scheduled for October 20, 2012 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
This is the first time an Afrobeat musician of Femi Kuti’s clout will be aligning with a Nigerian contemporary music award scheme. No doubt, The Headies, also known as Hip Hop World Awards, is fast becoming a blend of generational genres of music.
The Afrobeat legend and Grammy nominee, Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti, popularly known as Femi Kuti, began his international career in 1988 when he was invited by the French Cultural Centre in Lagos and Christian Mousset to perform at the Festival d’Angoulême (France), the New Morning Club in Paris and the Moers Festival in Germany.
Femi Kuti, in the course of his music career, has shown strong commitment to social and political causes. In 2001, Femi collaborated with a number of U.S musicians like Common, Mos Def, and Jaguar Wright on his album – ‘Fight to Win’. He created his own band, Positive Force in the late 1980s with Dele Sosimi (Gbedu Resurrection), former key-board player of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
“My career is not based on awards. I sincerely mean what I sing about. My music is truly fighting for electricity, good healthcare service, good roads, equal education for my people and African unity. It’s neither a love song, nor commercial and it still gets headlines and good reviews. I’m especially touched when young people appreciate what I am doing,” Femi Kuti says.
This will be the first time Femi Kuti will be honoured on Nigerian soil as he will be inducted into The Headies Hall Of Fame. The Afrobeat legend says “It’s a kind of privilege, its good. I mean I would drink a bottle of champagne when I get it, we will celebrate here.”
Ayo Animashaun, executive producers of The Headies is extremely excited over this year’s line-up of artists. “Every year, our target is to surpass our very best efforts. With notable artists such as Femi Kuti and many more gracing The Headies this year, our fans should expect to watch the most exciting awards ceremony to be held in recent times.”
The the organisers will reveal the full list of artists to perform at the award ceremony in due course.
Past Hall Of Fame Inductees include Dayo D1 Adeneye, Kenny Ogungbe, Phillip Trimmel, Olisa Adibua, Obi Asika, Femi Akintunde Johnson, Sir Shina Peters and DJ Jimmy Jatt.