On this day 16 years ago, famous TV personality and jazz singer Fran Kuboye passed away. Her death was both unexpected and a shock – as the family was still in the throes of mourning the loss of Fela Anikulapo Kuti who had passed away a few weeks earlier.
As if the death Fela & Fran was not hard enough, the Kuti’s had to grapple with the tragic scenario of burying a 34 year old Sola Anikulapo Kuti. With 3 deaths in the space of a few months, it is fair to say that 1997 was a very difficult year for the Kuti’s & Kuboye’s.
MAMA is a heartfelt video tribute to Fran Kuboye, who also ran the popular Jazz 38 club in the 1980s with her husband Tunde Kuboye. It was written and performed by her 3 children Tami, Baba & Kiibaati Kuboye. Shot in the UK & directed by JJC & highly acclaimed director Mr Moe Musa, best known for Wande Coal’s “Go Low”, Wizkid’s “Caro” & May D’s “Django” to name a few.
The song and video were released in 2008.
Currently based in the United States Baba is still very much present on the music scene; a few months ago he released the single Baba de Baba to very positive reviews, and in the coming weeks he will be following that up with a hot new single & video shot in Florida.
Watch Mama A Tribute To Fran Kuboye below