Femi Kuti has broken the world’s longest note held on a sax, his sister Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti says.
The record was previously first set in December 1997 by legendary saxophonist Kenny G when he held an E-Flat for over 45 minutes. Complex reports that to accomplish this, Kenny G used a technique called Circular Breathing, “which keeps a steady stream of air flowing through the saxophone even as the player breathes.”
For Femi Kuti, it is unclear yet what technique he used or even, the member of the sax family he used to achieve the massive feat.
Femi Kuti started playing the sax when he was 15. He would go on to become a member of his late father Fela Kuti’s band, before rising, starting his own band and taking over the spotlight. Femi Kuti is skilled at playing other musical instruments including the trumpet and the piano.
Now, the Gammy-nominated singer has seemingly broken the world record for holding a note, and we can’t wait for the official recognition by the Guinness World Record.
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This evening 7th May at the New Africa 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 secs….Femi did 46mins 38secs!! Give it up, we have a world champ. This was witnessed by a large audience that included Sen. Ben Murray-Bruce, the deputy high commissioners of Netherlands and The United Kingdom etc.