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‘My Music Is For Social Change Not Grammy Awards’– Femi Kuti

If I use big American artists to distribute my music it is already a Grammy-nominated album. The Grammy already knows who I am.

Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, the first son of late Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, has stated that he does music to have an influence in society rather than to win Grammy prizes.

Kuti, who has received four Grammy nominations, has stated that his music is built on discussing social and political issues. He claims that if he were aiming for Grammys, he would not be based in Nigeria.

“My career was never built on winning awards. It was based on talking about social and political issues. If my career were built on winning the Grammys, I would probably not be based in Nigeria. I would set up somewhere in American and be lobbying for it” he told Beat FM 99.9.

“It’s really political, you must be there, they must see you and you must be fighting for it. I would be working with the best musicians to put a big image of my people out there. If I use big American artists to distribute my music it is already a Grammy-nominated album. The Grammy already knows who I am.”

Kuti said as a musician, his fulfillment will be in a prosperous Nigeria and Africa, adding that no award will bring such satisfaction.

“Most important for me and my career, is, if I can wake up and have electricity forever if we have good salaries for everybody, pensions are paid, the roads are good, and Africa is a big party where I can drive my car from Lagos to Nairobi, Johannesburg, and the place is booming with love, no award can bring me such satisfaction,” Kuti said.

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