Fuji music is a local genre of music that is very popular among the people of South-West, Nigeria, is a song that is generally accepted by the muslims. Though, the local music is now widely accepted by those outside the shore of the country too.
Fuji as it was generally belief was born from ‘were’, the dawn music played by the muslims during the period of Ramadan fasting. Those who partake in were are called ajiwere. It was also belief that the song was popular among the people of Lagos Island in early 40s.
It was ‘were’ that was changed to fuji by late Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, though some school of thought refuted his claim that the created fuji music.
In this, article, we are going to x-ray the five and prominent fuji stars who are from Ibadan.
Alhaji Abass Akande Obesere: Obesere was born over 55 years ago in Ajalaruru family in Ibadan. His father was popular local singer who played were music. Obesere who is also known as Ologbojo or Oba Idan started his music in Ebute-Meta, where he attended his secondary. He usually sings for his seniors at Jubril Martins School in Ebute-Meta.
His first album ‘Introduction’ brought him to lime-light, he was popular due to his lewd style of music that was the reason he was nicknamed as Oba Alakasa. Some of his albums are: "Introduction". Mr. Magic, "Oodua"; "Diplomacy"; Elegance; "Live in Europe"; "Asakasa"
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Obesere got married to very beautiful Tolanikawo nee Adelakun and the union was blessed with wonderful children. Obesere’s first born is Lekan Akande who is based in Dublin and his second born is Zusan recently gave birh in UK.
The Paramount king of fuji is a big chief in Yoruba land, he was honoured as Agbaakin Bobagunwa of Yoruba Land by oba Makama.
Alhaji Saidi Osupa Akorede: Saidi Osupa popularly known as Matagbamole or Olufimo was born by a great singer, Alhaji Moshood Okunola and Alhaja Taibat Olatokunbo Okunola. Osupa grew up at Mosafejo Amukoko, Ifelodun Local Government. His late mummy was a tuwo seller and was very popular in Mosafejo and Amukoko, a bustop known as Iya-n-tuwo was named after her.
Osupa also known as Jacky started music at teenager age in 1983. His rose to stardom after his first album titled ‘Fuji Fa Disco’ that was released by Alhaji Aweda Alasco Films and Records located in Safejo. Some of his album are: Fuji Blues, Fuji Demonstration, Master Blaster, Stainless Fuji, Fuji Buggie, Unbeatable, Shuffle Solo, Ovation, Scores, Hot Shot, Advice, New Edition (Shuffle Solo 11), Authentic, Big Daddy, Champion, London Delight, African Delight, American Fuji Slide, World Tour,London Extra, Respect and Reliable - 2 in 1, Fuji Icon, Reliable, Endorsement - 3 in 1, Mr. Music - 4 in 1, Marriage Affair, Barrybration, Euro Splash, Time Factor, Impact, The Main Man, Capability, Tested and Trusted - 2 in 1, Guaranteed, Lord of Music - 2 in 1, Transparency and Transformation - 2 in 1 and Permutation.
Apart from music, Osupa is also gifted film actor and producer. He has starred in over 30 Yoruba films. He has featured in the following movies: Eni Eleni, Ero Sese Koowe, Ese Mefa Laye, Ose Maami, Ashiru Ejire, Onibaara Ogunjo, Iku Oba, Igba Iwase, Agbeere Oju.
He married to two beautiful women, two of his children Hakeem and Wasiu are great musicians too. They currently based in US.
Alhaji Muritala Thunder: Muritala Ademola Salaudeen was born on 5th August, 1973 to the family of Alhaji Tiamiyu Salaudeen Orimadegun and Alhaja Moriamo Salaudeen both are late.
Muri also known as Mr.Fuji started playing music when he was very young at ‘United Christian School’, Olodi Apapa.
In 1999, he released his first album ‘Optimism’ for Mosebolatan Music located in Amukoko, the same environ where Muri Thunder and Saidi Osupa grew up.
Muri is married to very beautiful woman who is a lawyer and union is blessed with lovely children. Muri recently honoured as ‘Peace Ambassador’ by the United Nation.
Some of his albums aare: Like Father like son, Mr.Fuji, Ajiwere, Still Alive, Ajiwere and Unforgatable.
Alhaji Taye Akande Adebisi: Taye Curency was born on December 17, 1974. In Ibadan
His parents were Mr. Ganiu Amoo Adebisi and Alhaja Mojisola Aduke Adebisi.
Currency started playing music at the age 17 with the support of his mother, he formed a band ‘Currency band’ with his late twin brother, his Idowu and late manager, Rahmon Akilapa.
He was back up by singer for his twins brother, but when the former died he became a solo singer.
His first son, Hon. Yusuf Adebisi Currency graduated from Alhikmah University Ilorin, now a deputy chief whip at Oyo State House Assembly. Taye Currency is head of Apesin Family. Some of his albums are: Way Forward, Heritage, Storm and Four Achievements.
Seriki Adewale Akanji Barryshowkey: Adewale Balogun is of the children of late Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barryster. Barryshowkey started his music career with his daddy, before he formed his own band. The multitalented act is currently based in US. He was honoured with cheftancy title as Seriki of fuji due to his immense contribution to the genre of music.
His first album was released in 1996 and released eight albums. He was the first fuji musician to be nominated for the Kora Awards in 2002 after he released an album ‘Fuji Hip-hop’, produced under the Kennis Music label.”
His albums are: New Edition (1996), Buster (1997), Beauty of Democracy (2000), Fuji hip-hop ( under the Kennis Music label.”
His albums are: New Edition (1996), Buster (1997), Beauty of Democracy (2000), Fuji hip-hop (2002), Transformation (2011),
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