Femi Kuti breaks world Saxophone record at second attempt
Afrobeat king, Femi Kuti, has broken the world record for the longest single note held on a saxophone using the circular breathing technique.
The singer held the note for the whole of 51 minutes 35 seconds at the New African Shrine on Sunday, May 14, 2017 beating the current holder, Vann Burchfield’s 47 minutes, 5.5 seconds record.
Femi had attempted to break the record the previous week, but he could only go past Kenny G’s record, which was the second best record in the world at the time.
Kenny G is credited as the first record holder of note when in 1997, he held an E-flat on a Saxophone for 45 minutes, using the Circular breathing technique. Vann Burchfield, however, beat Kenny’s record in 2000.
The “Circular Breathing” technique is used by players of wind instruments to produce a continuous tone without interruption by breathing in through the nose while simultaneously pushing air out through the mouth using air stored in the cheeks.
Meanwhile, Guinness World Records will not recognize Femi’s feat, because records achieved using the circular breathing technique have been rested by the award body.