Afrobeat: Made Kuti affirms thriving dynasty with debut solo concert

by Adelagun EniObanke

On a day that Christians celebrated the resurrection of Christ Jesus, Afrobeat fans, especially devotees of the legendary Fela Kuti, witnessed and applauded a different type of resurrection.
It was the maiden solo concert of Omorinmade, firstborn of Femi Kuti and Fela’s grandchild, at the New Afrikan Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos.

Fela’s spirit literally resurrected on the stage in Made Kuti on that auspicious Easter Sunday and his parents, aunt, Yeni Kuti and fans, couldn’t contain their joy.
In fact, Made’s mother, Funke, shed tears of joy seeing the stuff that her Trinity School of Music-trained son is made of.

Made first appeared on that same stage in October 2000 where he played the Trumpet at the onset of Felabration, the annual Afrobeat Festival in honour of his grandfather. .
21 years later, and at age 26, Made used his debut solo concert with his band to announce his arrival into the Afrobeat dynasty in a grand way.

With this feat, Made Kuti has officially established the birth of the third generation of afrobeat flagbearers within the Kuti Dynasty, barely four months after the release of a joint album with his father, Femi, titled Legacy+.

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