Looking at the honourable family of Fela Kuti, the grand founder of Afrobeats music genre, you will believe with me that music runs in the blood.
With other families coming into play, let’s look at the top 7 Nigerian entertainers who took after their fathers.
1. Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti
Femi and Seun are the children of Afrobeat founder, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Since their father’s demise, the two have kept the fire of Afrobeat burning and are clearly the most successful Afrobeat musicians around today.
Femi started playing the Saxophone at 15 and eventually became a member of his father’s Egypt 80 Band before forming his own band, The Positive Force in the late 1980s. He did this with Dele Sosimi (Gbedu Resurrection), former key-board player of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and like his father, has shown a strong commitment to socio-political issues in his career so far and with 4 Grammy nominations to his name.
On his part, Seun Kuti, said to be most similar to Fela in words and deeds, continues to evolve and has become a strong voice calling for social reformation in Nigeria and Africa. He is always on the road, performing in tours and festivals across the world.
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12. Paul Play Dairo
He is the son of late Isaiah Kehinde Dairo popularly known as I.K Dairo, a prominent Juju musician who rocked the Nigerian music scene between 1960s and late 1980s.
I.K. Dairo’s unique style of jùjú music earned him the admiration of Nigerian music lovers especially the Yorubas and Paul Play was able to get his big break in the music industry toeing the path of his father.
Noted for his versatility and vast music knowledge, he remixed one of his late father’s most popular songs, ‘Mo So Rire’ but has shown he can hold his own with a number of hits of his own also. Notably one of the pioneers of the vastly growing pop movement, it is difficult to forget Paul Play’s ‘Angel of my life’, ‘Happy Day’, ‘Forever’ among others.