Femi used the circular breathing technique to hold the note for over 51 minutes.
Femi Kuti has broken the World record for the longest single note held on a saxophone at the New Africa Shrine. He attained the feat on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the New Africa Shrine.
The Afrobeat legend had attempted to break the record the previous week, but got his information wrong after he could only go past Kenny G’s record, which turned out to be the second best record in the world.
But he has shattered it on second attempt, with a record of 51 minutes, 35 seconds. The previous record was held Vann Burchfield. It ran for 47 minutes, 5.5 seconds.
Kenny G back in 1997 held the record for the longest note ever held on a saxophone when he held an E-flat for 45 minutes, using a technique termed Circular breathing.
Kenny G however lost the record in 2000 to musician Vann Burchfield who went on to hold the note for 47 minutes, 5.5 seconds. You can watch his video below.
For Femi Kuti, he employed the circular breathing technique, but it is unclear, what member of the sax family he used to achieve the massive feat.
The technique ''Circular Breathing'' used by these musicians Kenny G and Vann Burchfield is used by players of some wind instruments to produce a continuous tone without interruption. This is accomplished by breathing in through the nose while simultaneously pushing air out through the mouth using air stored in the cheeks.
Guinness World Records will not be recognizing Femi's feat, because the award body have rested the circular breathing category. They will not be honoring claims. Please find tweets below.