Ghanaian music legend Uncle Ebo Taylor has led contestations concerning the origin of Afrobeat to relaxation. He disclosed that the music style, Afrobeat, was composed by Nigeria’s Fela Kuti on 3FM Drive with Giovani Caleb as host.
Uncle Ebo Taylor, one of many pioneers of the Ghanaian music style, highlife, talked about his shut friendship together with his comrade from Nigeria. He additionally revealed the genesis of Afrobeat and the way it grew to become standard. Uncle Ebo Taylor additionally shared that he (Uncle Ebo Taylor) had no hand in it. He attributed every little thing Afrobeat to Fela Kuti.
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” He (Fela Kuti) started Afrobeat, and I obtained a glimpse of it. He advised me about it. He mentioned that highlife is getting too outdated, and we wanted to create one thing new instead.”
Uncle Ebo narrated how Fela felt that highlife sounds had been turning into too common and unexciting for the youthful viewers.
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“He said soon the highlife will be left for old people, and people usually dance 1…2…3…4… and get fed up with it. He wanted it offbeat, and at the same time, he brought in some songs that were not too personal,” he added.
Discussing their relationship, Uncle Ebo mentioned that regardless of their shut relationship, they by no means got here round to singing collectively. He described Fela Kuti as one with a distinct outlook and at all times desirous to push boundaries.
Uncle Ebo Taylor concluded, “He’s the best and would take you by surprise, but you will appreciate it all the same. Fela was a friend who liked to surprise everybody. He made Afrobeat popular by popularising the beat and afro songs. When he takes off, you really feel he is giving something new.”