Femi Kuti's attempt at world record falls short by 30 seconds

May 9, 2017
Source: BBC
Femi Kuti's attempt at world record falls short by 30 seconds

This news will come as a real blow to Afrobeat musician Femi Kuti, the eldest son of pioneer Fela Kuti, who was left with a sour taste in his mouth this weekend after thinking he had broken a world record for the longest single note played on a wind instrument.

The Nigerian star held a single note on his saxophone for 46 minutes and 38 seconds at a gig in Lagos - a feat achieved by circular breathing, a technique whereby you breathe in continuously through your nose while sustaining the tone of a note.

He thought the note was enough to beat a 45-minute record set by Kenny G - much loved by MOR mums the world over - in 1997.

However, the record is actually held by Vann Burchfield, who, in 2000, held a note for 47 minutes and 5.5 seconds.

Femil has taken the news extremely well however.