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Reverend Josiah Ransome-Kuti, Fela’s grandfather and Femi Kuti’s great-grandfather was a clergyman and music composer who died in 1855 at age 75. He was most popular for setting Christian hymns to indigenous music, and for writing Christian hymns in Yoruba.
BBC Radio 4’s Black Music in Europe: A Hidden History, recently released a clip which featured Femi Kuti, Fela’s eldest son listening to a rare recording from 1922 of his great-grandfather for the first time.
While speaking about his great-grandfather’s songs and his legacy, Femi said:
“I’ve heard so much about it but I’d never heard it. I know some of his songs because my father would have sung it to me, and they are played till today in many of the churches.”
It was an emotional moment for Femi Kuti who further added, “He was a pianist. Yeah, I remember, my father told me. His voice is exactly like my father told me that he sang.”
Click on the link below to listen to the recording below –
By the way, watch out for Femi Kuti’s upcoming album titled “One People One World” which is expected to be officially released on February 23rd 2018!