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October 27, 2016, 09:21:16 PM
King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall
Otunba Wasiu Alabi Pasuma
Do these names ring any bells?
These are Nigeria's popular Fuji musicians that have made a name for themselves in that genre of music. One way or the other, in their own class if I must add, each of these musicians have attached a popularity to something unique for themselves. Fuji music in itself is a music genre in Nigeria that have become quite popular amongst a certain group of people.
How did it all start?
Fuji music was originally called ajisari/were. It was a type of music that was Islamic in nature as it was being played by the kids of the Yoruba Muslim clerics whenever they want to call people to prayer in the morning, especially during the Muslim fasting period.
It was a genre thay became popular by Alhaji Dauda Epo Akara and Ganiyu Kuti.
There was a significant number of people known for the 'were' music in Lagos, both on the mainland and the Island, back then. Their inspirations was mainly from the sakara music style of the Yorubas, this style involves the use of sakara drum leaving out the string bit of it called goje. The lower Lagos folks, popularly called Isale Eko, that performed the 'were' at pre-indepenece was the likes of Sikiru, General Captain, Omishemo and Jibowu Barrister, he taught Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister actaully, and a few others.
Soon, a few adaptations was done and some people began to add mouth organs, harmonica to be precise, to their 'ajiwere' renditions and they rocked Lagos at that time with their styles.
Fuji rose from ajiwere with Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister as the creator. It was a name that was chosen in an unusual manner. The Icon, Alhaji Barrister mentioned that he came up with the name after seeing a poster at an airport about mount Fuji, which was said to be the highest peak in Japan. nlike what many think, it was not from faaji (entertainment).
It is the popular conclusion that fuji is a local music made by illiterates but Barrister debunked this. He explained that :
"Fuji music is a combination of music consisting of Sakara, Apala, juju, Aro, Afro, and gudugudu, possibly highlife."
He did a great job of making his craft popular by taking it all over the world; he started touring by going to Britain and then other European countries, all in the 70s. In 1984, Alhaji Ayinde Barrister took his music to North America and he was the only one known for this until others came on board.
Between 1970s and the 1980s, some other fuji musicians like Fatai Adio, Saura Alhaji, Student Fuji, Rahimi Ayinde (Bokote), Ramoni Akanni, Love Azeez, Waidi Akangbe, Sikiru Olawoyin, Agbada Owo, Iyanda Sawaba, Ejire Shadua, Wahabi Ilori, Wasiu Ayinde Barrister (now Wasiu Ayinde Marshall) and also the Ibadan quatro of Suleiman Adigun, Sakaniyau Ejire, Rasheed Ayinde, and Wasiu Ayinla came forward with their own version of the music.
Another is Alhaji Kollington Ayinla (also known as Kebe-n-Kwara) who became a rave in the 80s. His is also a name to be reckoned with as far as fuji music is concerned. In 1984, Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde Barrister now Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde Marshall also took a step toward limelight with his "Talazo Fuji" version.
In the early 1990s, another artist, Adewale Ayuba, dabbled into Fuji genre of music and he was a hit. He was able to put a twist in it and aded a class to the music. Even though Fuji music was more popular among Yoruba Muslims, as opposed to its sister Juju music. Ayuba's brand of Fuji was called Bonsue Fuji. Unlike the other Fuji, it was seen as clean, lively, and appealed to all. He managed not to be caught in the web of the erupting feud amongst the other Fuji musicians at the time. He just came up with another song titled, "I'm still singing."
Also in the 1990s, Abass Akande Obesere (Omo rapala), added a lewd street slang called "Asakasa" into the Fuji scene. He became very popular for this and even the so-called educated elites listen to his lewd song in the privacy of their homes and cars.
The current players in the Fuji music industry includes:
Sir. Shina Akanni,
Alhaji Rasheed Ayinde,
Abass Akande Obesere
Otunba Wasiu Alabi,
Sulaimon Alao Adekunle Malaika
Shefiu Adekunle Alao
Sule Adio (Atawéwé),
Wasiu Ajani, (Mr. Pure Water),
Alhaji Komi Jackson,
Tajudeen Alabi (Istijabah),
Remi Aluko(Igwe fuji),
Muri Alabi Thunder,
Karubey Shimiu, Adeolu Akanni (Paso Egba),
Bola Abimbola, (Quintessential)
Sunny Melody, Olusegun Ologo and Segun Michael.
Today, fuji music has continued to attract younger generations
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