Renowned highlife musician, Pat Thomas, has unveiled a fascinating and somewhat harrowing tale of his encounter with the legendary Fela Kuti in Nigeria, an experience that nearly led him to the brink of insanity due to marijuana consumption.
Pat Thomas graphically detailed the remarkable journey to Nigeria with his close friend and manager, Sunny, in an exclusive conversation with Blakk Rasta on 3FM. Their aim was to meet the legendary Fela at one of his famed clubs.
Pat Thomas found himself in the captivating presence of the musical genius as they arrived to Fela’s club. It was there when Fela, notorious for his marijuana addiction, persuaded Pat to partake in the legendary “Fela Goro” weed.
“I remember I went to Fela’s house in Nigeria, myself and a friend who was managing me, his name is Sunny, a very good friend of Fela. And it happened that he took me to Nigeria, we went to Fela’s club, and the next day he took me to the house, and it is this weed that I am talking about, you know Fela had something they call Fela Goro,” he narrated.
The “Sika Ye Mogya” singer added that after taking one puff of Fela’s weed, he felt dizzy and nearly went mad.
“So, as Fela saw me, he took one, and then he gave me one (weed). My manager told me, ‘charley try some.’ Charley, me this thing, I fear, but I wanted to show guy guy to Fela that me too, adey smoke. So, the moment I smoked, what happened to me, I wished you were there, I was feeling dizzy badly, but he was just smoking, I nearly went mad,” he added.
In retrospect, he stated that his experience with Fela and his strong marijuana left an everlasting imprint on his memory, indelibly carving the night into the annals of his life’s journey.