Music Legend Sir Paul McCartney has opened up on his encounter with deceased Afrobeats Legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
McCartney, a former member of the Beatles said he had travelled to Lagos for his 1973 album, Band on the Run after his label EMI suggested the city.
The British singer said when he arrived in Nigeria he saw several news headlines where the singer accused his band of “coming to steal the black man’s music.”
He then invited the “Shakara Olode Ni” singer to his studio to listen to his song and they became friends.
McCartney said, “he came over with his 30 wives and a studio full of ganja. He was one wild cat, he used to have a bottle of whiskey in which was marinating a pound of pot… in the whiskey. We turned out to be real good friends, he got it, he said ‘no you’re not doing that’ [stealing African music].
“Ginger Baker was there, he was his big friend. So, Fela invites us to his club which was outside Lagos, the Afrika Shrine. This was a few of us, little white people, me and a couple of friends. So we go out there and I say, ‘let’s not smoke any pot‘. Cause it’s pretty crazy, we’re out in the jungle and it’s pitch black.
“So we’re sitting there with Fela [at The Shrine] and one of Fela’s guys comes up, he’s crouching and he’s got a packet of Rothmans cigarettes. They’re all joints. He goes, ‘You want one of these?‘ I say, ‘no thanks‘, so he carries around and gets to Ginger Baker who says ‘Yeah man! Sure!’
“Then Fela shouts ‘Ginger Baker! The only man I know never refuse a smoke‘. So I go, ‘A-ha! Ok, I’ll have one of those’. Man. I tripped out. It was so strong. It was stronger than anything I’ve ever had, I don’t know if there was something in it. But in the end, it was a good night.”
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Paul McCartney describes meeting Fela, his visit to Shrine and his favorite Fela misic. pic.twitter.com/NBJHt3jCg2
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The British legend was among international legends who visited the shrine when the Afrobeat pioneer was still alive.