After surpassing Kenny G’s record, Femi will be taking up the challenge to beat the current world record holder Vann Burchfield’s 47 minutes 5.5 seconds mark.
Femi Kuti, son of late Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti inched very close to break the current world record for the longest note held on a saxophone.
Witnessed on Sunday night May 7, 2017, at the New Africa Shrine, Femi Kuti held a single note on a saxophone for 46mins 38secs.
This surpassed saxophonist Kenny G’s record which stood at 45mins 37 secs, but stood a minute and some seconds shy from the current world holder Vann Burchfield‘s record of 47 minutes 5.5 seconds.
Some of the dignitaries in attendance who witnessed Femi Kuti’s feat included Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, the deputy high commissioners of Netherlands and The United Kingdom, among others.
Femi has since commented via Twitter that he would be taking on the challenge to break Vann Burchfield‘s 47 minutes 5.5 seconds record come Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the same New Afrika Shrine venue.
Kenny G back in 1997 held the record for the longest note ever held on a saxophone when he held an E-flat for 45 minutes, using a technique termed Circular breathing.
Kenny G however lost the record in 2000 to musician Vann Burchfield who went on to hold the note for 47 minutes, 5.5 seconds which you can view below.
The technique ”Circular Breathing” used by these musicians Femi Kuti, Kenny G and Vann Burchfield is used by players of some wind instruments to produce a continuous tone without interruption. This is accomplished by breathing in through the nose while simultaneously pushing air out through the mouth using air stored in the cheeks.
Source: Pulse NG