Nigeria’s Afrobeat Musician Femi Kuti Breaks World Record!

Femi Kuti has broken the world record for the longest single note held on a saxophone at the New Africa Shrine. He got the position after holding the note for 46mins 38 seconds beating the previous record which as at 45mins 37 seconds held by the legendary Kenny G.

Femi’s sister Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti shared as follows on her instagram page ‘’ This evening 7th May at the New Shrine, Femi Kuti broke the world record for the longest single note on a saxophone note set in 1997 by Kenny G. the record stood  at 45mins 37 seconds….Femi did 46mins 38seconds!! Give it up, we have a world champ.’’

Kenny G was reported to have used a technique called circular breathing, which keeps a steady stream of air flowing through the saxophone even as the player breathes.

For Femi, it is still unclear which technique he used. He started playing the sax when he was 15 and joined his father’s band “The Egypt 80’’. Later he formed his own band ‘’Positive Force’’ in the late 80’s.

He is a four-time Grammy award nominee and is skilled in other musical instruments including the trumpet and Piano.

Femi Kuti has beaten Kenny G to a long single note held on a saxophone. But the top world record holder remains Vann Burchfield at 47mins 5.5seconds.



Fiona Olali

Fiona Olali

I love art and music and appreciate the small things that make a difference in how we view the world.

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