BY RAPHAEL ADENIRAN
Omorinmade Anukulapo-Kuti dazzles on the cover of the digital gazette, Pop Culture! By Pop ‘N’ Goss where he talked about his passion for music, creating his own sound and growing up with his grandfather’s legacy.
The light of legendary musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, shines bright still as his grandson, Omorinmade Anukulapo-Kuti dazzles on the cover of the digital gazette, Pop Culture! By Pop ‘N’ Goss.
Often called Made by close family and friends, Made is a music artist and multi-instrumentalist. He studied music and composition at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, towing the path of his grandfather several years ago.
In this exclusive interview with Sheifunmi at the New Afrika Shrine, he speaks about his passion for music, growing up in a historical legacy as well as connecting with music outside his family’s legacy and the New Afrika Shrine. He equally shared his beliefs as an Anikulapo-Kuti.
In a comment addressing bravery and fear, this is what he had to say: ““Bravery… I think it was N’krumah that said the secret of life is to have no fear I agree with that. I look deep into what he might have meant because fear is a natural feeling and you can’t pretend like it doesn’t exist, but it’s how you absorb it and how you project it, so it’s not that I don’t feel fear but there are very few things that scare me”
“On the bigger scale though, one thing you learn to accept growing up as an Anikulapo is to accept death and that’s the biggest fear I think if I die what next?” he paused, then said; “We accept that it’s a possibility that we move on to something next after we die but nobody knows for sure. I definitely don’t know. So the idea that I might die and then suddenly nothing, I don’t think there’s anything scarier than that, but then, which is scarier? That I’d die and experience nothing or that I will not contribute to society and I will see my siblings or children suffer”
Omorinmade is currently a member of his dad’s (Femi Kuti) band – The Positive Force Band, which has been active since 1986.
Watch the interview below.