Evening with Made Kuti at Terra Culture | Nigeria
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Grandson of late music legend Fela Kuti, Made Kuti is basking in the success of his recent debut headline gig at the The New African Shrine to set up a special showcase event tagged An Evening With Made Kuti. The exclusive event is scheduled for Friday, July 2, at the fit-for-purpose Terra Culture Arena, Victoria Island, Lagos.
For his second solo headline gig, Made gets to introduce his own band, The Movement to a colourful audience comprising his growing young army of fans, music connoisseurs, brands, diplomats among others.
Packaged by FK Management, An Evening With Made Kuti is made possible in partnership with partners such as Legend Extra Stout, Mainstreet Capital, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS).
Speaking ahead of the gig, Made explained, “The aim is to extend my performance beyond the New Afrika Shrine and create opportunities for new fans and brands alike to experience my art. This special showcase create high quality engagements and reach an audience composed of young adults, business professionals and expatriates who enjoy Afrobeat and support the kuti legacy.”
The son of Femi Kuti gave a foretaste of what to expect in April he performed his first show at The New African Shrine alongside his newly formed band, The Movement. Together, they performed songs such as Made’s single, Free Your Mind and his stellar rendition of Fela’s Trouble Sleep
Shortly before this, the multi-talented instrumentalist released his debut album, For(e)ward in February 2021, packaged together with his father’s album ‘Stop the Hate’. Both albums make up separate sides of a double album titled, ‘Legacy+’. Made features on both projects, playing bass on ‘Stop the Hate’ and every instrument on For(e)ward.
Made’s early years were spent growing up in The New Afrika Shrine. He was surrounded by music early on –fiddling with instruments as a toddler. He played the trumpet at three, took to the alto sax at five years old, picked up the piano at eight years old, the drums and guitar at twelve, and the bass at fifteen. As a child, he toured the world with his father’s Positive Force band, playing legendary venues like Glastonbury and the Hollywood Bowl at the age of eight.
He studied at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London – where Fela attended – and is a multi-instrumentalist composer who plays up to six instruments including: the saxophone, trumpet, guitar, bass and more. On most days, he practices intensely for up to seven hours, moving seamlessly from instrument to instrument. He enjoys genres such as Jazz, Alternative Rock and of course, Afrobeat – all of which have helped fashion his own unique musical style.
For(e)ward is a modern manifesto, pushing the boundaries of Afrobeat, and with it, Made addresses Nigeria’s many societal ills such as poor governance, social inequality and police brutality. Continuing with the Kuti legacy of speaking up for the everyday Nigerian, Made and his father took to the streets to partake in the 2020 #ENDSARS protests, which denounced police brutality in Nigeria.