Prince of Afrobeat, Femi Kuti, has confirmed that Andrew Aghedo, a member of his band ‘The Positive Force’, absconded in the United States, 20 minutes before show time.
Aghedo, the bassist, could not be traced as Femi was about to thrill New Yorkers at the Central Park, New York last Sunday after performing at the XPoNential Music Festival in New Jersey.
Femi, in a post on his Instagram page, lamented that the disappearance of Aghedo could have ruined his show. He, however, expressed gratitude to the rest of the band for their performance.
“My bassist, Aghedo Andrew nearly ruined my concert yesterday in New York @Summerstage. He disappeared 20 minutes before the show; I want to thank the rest of the band for standing strong and giving one of the best shows of the tour.”
Femi Kuti’s sister, Yeni, had earlier called out the bassist, praying that he gets deported.
Meanwhile, those in the know also said in this regard Femi had a co-traveller in his father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, whose members had also once absconded at a show in the United States.
Fela was said to have been accused of travelling with too many band members and in his game of wits, replied the promoter: “70 members dey travel with me you dey complain, when I name my band Egypt 70 wetin you think say I mean?”