Omorinmade Anikulapo-Kuti, the grandson of the legendary Fela Anikulapo-Kuti is on the cover of the first issue of the digital gazette, Pop Culture! by Pop ‘N’ Goss.
Omorinmade, often called Made by close family and friends is a music artist and multi-instrumentalist. He studied music and composition from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, the same University his grandfather, Fela attended several decades ago.
In this exclusive interview with Sheifunmi at the New Afrika Shrine, he talks about his passion for music, growing up in a historical legacy, connecting with music outside of his father and grandfather’s legacy and outside the New Afrika Shrine. He also shared his beliefs, convictions and core values as an Anikulapo-Kuti.
When asked about bravery and fear, here’s 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 its 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.