I was embarrassed trying to imitate Fela Kuti on stage — Asake

Singer Asake

Singer Ahmed Ololade, popularly known as Asake, has recounted the embarrassing moment in the early years of his music career when he recreated Afrobeat star Fela Kuti’s style on stage.

The ‘Sungba’ singer, during a recent interview on the Ginger Yourself podcast, said it was not easy getting to the limelight and gaining acceptance from the public.

According to the 28-year-old, he once decided to recreate Fela’s iconic style of stage performance when he showed up wearing only panties and carrying a saxophone.

He said the audience was displeased and booed him for donning only panties to perform with scantily-clad women.

Asake added that the audience rejected his performance, and he ended up being assaulted at the event.


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He said: “Before I got the attention, I strived till I graduated from the university. I strived for like (another) two years before people accepted me.

“So there’s this performance. I wanted to perform Fela, so I was on pants and saxophone. I packed like six girls on stage. I asked them to be half-naked. You know, one thing about Nigerians is that once people are naked, they just forget about all the thing that is happening and just focus. But these people (at the concert) stubborn o.

“Those girls just walked in, then me too. I just walked in majestically as a star boy. I did not know where the first clap came from. The audience was like, ‘No, no, no.’ Everybody, like 9,000 capacity, clapping that they don’t want it.”

On July 4, Emeka Akumefule, popularly known as Blaqbonez, claimed that Asake was his backup singer.

He said Asake used to be his backup singer during their university days.