Femi Kuti Breaks World Record, Holds Longest Note On Saxophone (VIDEO)

Femi Kuti Breaks World Record, Holds Longest Note On Saxophone (VIDEO)

By Wires | The Trent on May 15, 2017
Femi Kuti, Aghedo
Femi Kuti

Afrobeat icon Femi Kuti on Sunday, May 14, 2017 held a single musical note for 51 minutes, 35 seconds, making it the longest time ever spent blowing on a wind instrument.

The musician achieved the feat at the New Afrikan Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos.

His sister, Yeni Kuti, also took to social media to share the news.

“I am a happy puppy this morning. Femi made the family and Nigerans, Nigeria and Africa proud with his record breaking performance at 55 years old. God bless Nigeria and ALL his fans all over the World who have rooted for him and supported him. TVC who were there live to cover it,” he wrote.

“Last week I erroneously posted Femi broke the record at 46.38 seconds. I was corrected by @BBC as there was a 47.05 seconds. Today I happily post that Remi @55 years old made 51.35 seconds. Kudos to you my dear brother. Keep the flag flying.”

Kuti was widely believed to have broken a Guinness World Record after his 46 minutes, 38 seconds attempt last week.

But he only managed to beat the effort of legendary saxophonist, Kenny G, who set the record for the longest musical note in 1997.

Kenny G lost the world record in 2000 after musician Vann Burchfield held a note for 47 minutes, 5.5 seconds.

It is unknown if the category still exists.

A check by TheCable Lifestyle on the Guinness World Records website showed that the category is no longer available.

The organisation is yet to respond to inquiries seeking clarification.

To blow on a wind instrument for so long, Kuti, Burchfield and Kenny G all used the circular breathing technique.

Circular breathing is a technique which keeps a steady stream of air flowing through the saxophone even as the player breathes.

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