It Is A Shame I Don’t Get Shows In Nigeria – Seun Kuti

sk In a recent
interview with Punch, Seun Kuti shared his
feelings and
talked about why he doesn’t believe in
Seun said he hardly get shows in Nigeria due
to political
reasons and he does successful tours in
He said;
“I don’t know. I come back here to rest
because I don’t get
jobs here. I don’t understand it as well. At
times, I am
saddened by it because it is just a shame. It
is not even about
me but the band which has the pedigree of
being a big band.
But just for political reasons, we are being
excluded. I
believe afro beat should be in high demand in
Nigeria, Fela
did a lot for Nigerians. I watch the shows here
and it is not as
if they are better than what I do.”
Don’t you think you are not invited to
perform here in
Nigeria because your songs are so
In America, political artistes hardly get shows.
entertainment industry is highly corporate
these days.
Artistes are no longer artistes, they are
businessmen. You
hear them calling themselves ‘brands’ and
such names. Most
of them that are famous no longer have the
artistic spirit. The
spirit is feared in corporate world. The real
artiste cannot be
dictated to. They want people they can tell
how to dress and
what to sing. Artistes who play political music
are totally
ignored these days. It is not only in Nigeria. It
is normal that
Nigerian establishments fight back against
me. But why I am
not happy about this is just because of The
Shrine. Even if
people think my brother and I are not making
good music, I
think Fela has done enough for this country
for people to
support the Shrine. But they give stupid
reasons that the
Shrine is dangerous
On Marriage
I don’t believe in marriage. If I had wanted to
be married, I
would have been working towards it. People
can decide what
they want to do with their lives. I just don’t
believe in that
institution especially as it is set up today.
I don’t like the idea of ‘ownership.’ Nobody
has the right to
own anybody. This is a capitalist idea so that
people can
make profit off love. You don’t make profit off
What if the mother of your child decides to
get married to
someone else?
She is free. If she wants to be married, then
that is her choice.
What will I do about it? Will I put a gun to her
head and insist
that she should not get married? But I know
she will not do
that because we have a strong bond and we
understand each
other and our partnership is great. We are
raising a beautiful
daughter and it would be a big surprise if she
says she wants
to get married to someone else.

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