Femi Kuti, a Nigerian Afrobeat legend, has called out Aghedo Andrew, a member of his ‘The Positive Force’ band, who absconded in the U.S on Sunday, July 29, 2018.
Mr. Aghedo, a bassist, was supposed to play with Femi at the SummerStage Festival at the Central Park, New York.
According to the legendary artiste, who made the development known via a post on his Instagram page, Mr Aghedo was “suddenly nowhere to be found just 20 minutes before he got on stage at the concert”.
Femi, the son of late music legend Fela Kuti, performed the sixth concert in his ‘One People, One World’ global tour at the park, which sparked rave reviews from, guests.
Lamenting that the incident could have ruined his performance, Femi thanked other band members for bringing their A-Game and “standing strong and giving one of the best shows of the tour”.
It is unclear why Aghedo, whom the singer disclosed was over 40 years of age, allegedly disappeared.
While fielding questions from concerned fans on Instagram, Femi revealed he gave the Edo State-born bassist a chance in his band and he (Femi) had to drop his own son.
The show was described as the biggest so far in the United States leg of the tour following just concluded shows in Boston, New Jersey, and Toronto.
Yeni Kuti, his sister, also posted about the development on Instagram, describing Andrew as “the face of betrayal”.
She wrote: “The face of betrayal! Deserted Positive Force 20 mins before (the) show in New York but he is not up to who can bring us down.”
In another post, Yeni said she hopes the US authorities catch Andrew.
“The face of betrayal. I hope @realdonaldtrump catches you and deports you!!! Deserted band 20mins before concert because he wants to stay in America,” she wrote.
Earlier, Femi Kuti and his band had performed at the XPoNential Music Festival in New Jersey where his musicianship was one of the major highlights of the three-day festival.
The XPoNential Music Festival is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and North-eastern U.S. and held from July 27-29, 2018.
Femi recently released his 10th studio album titled ‘One People One World’ and has been on the road with the masterpiece.
The tour has taken him to France, Switzerland, London and the U.S.