The organisers of the music talent hunt show, Nigerian Idol, have just made a major catch. On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Afro Beat icon, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, was announced as a judge on the show for the recently launched season 3 of the show.
Femi joins the panel formerly only made up of ex-Shalamar dancer, Jeffrey Daniels, singer, Yinka Davies and the Area fada, Charly Boy.
In a release made available to the press, the organisers quoted Femi as being very delighted to join the Nigerian Idol family.
“I am honoured to be part of Nigerian Idol, a show that discovers talents across the country in music. Saying I love music is like saying snow is white. I am beyond passionate about music which is why I single-handedly taught myself to play four instruments. I play the Sax twelve hours in a day training myself to get better. So an opportunity to be able to impact on the lives of the future of Nigerian music is one I will never say no to,” he said.
"I was very proud when I watched Mercy Chinwo the last winner give a remarkable performance of Felas Zombie when I was a guest judge on the show last season. Many times you see people murder the songs or over act with the moves and make the man look like a caricature but she got it just right with guidance from the coach and judges. I'd like to be part of moulding many more talents with Nigerian Idol, this year,” he added.
Femi Kuti is one of Africa’s biggest recording artists and he brings to the show wealth of experience that spans well over three decades of performing across the world, playing six musical instruments, and has receiving several international awards.
The three-time Grammy Awards nominee has crossed continents to work with international stars like Common, Mos Def, Jaguar Wright, D'Angelo, Macy Gray, The Soultronics, Nile Rodgers, amongst others. Femi Kuti's voice is featured in the videogame Grand Theft Auto IV, where he is the host of radio station IF 99.