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Without any fear of contradiction, King (Dr.) Saheed Okunola simply known as Saheed Osupa is one of the best artistes the Fuji music industry has seen. Because his is extremely talented. As, apart from most of his albums being profoundly loaded with messages, most of them are even evergreen that generations to come would still treasure, like this current generation is doing with the music of Apala legends likes of Ayinla Omowura, Haruna Ishola, Yusuf Olatunji and the rest of them. Saheed Osupa is indeed, a great blessing, not just to Fuji music, but to musical entertainment, generally.
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But as good as Saheed Osupa is, he cannot be said to be the only one who made his music as widely acceptable by people, as it has become today. Certainly, a tree cannot make a forest, like a proverb says. Unlike Hip-Hop in which an individual could stand to claim all the glory of a flourishing career, Fuji is a band based genre of music which requires different individuals coming together to play different roles, for the good of the band. And Saheed Osupa's band is not an exception in this regard. Because, as good as he is, individually, it took the concerted efforts of other people, for him and his music to become so popular, like it is today.
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And interestingly, there are 2 particular band members, who contributed greatly to the success Saheed Osupa's band has attained today, who are no longer with him. But their legacy lives on with the band. And first in this regard is a talented drummer, Sunday Balogun, who is better known as Sunday Oluperi. Sunday Oluperi was the Lead Drummer and Captain of Saheed Osupa's band for many years. In fact, he joined Saheed Osupa's band when the King of Music was still trying to find his footing in the industry. As a matter of fact, Sunday Oluperi became well known as a celebrity drummer, at about the same time Saheed Osupa fully hit the limelight too, as a Fuji music star.
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And some of the unforgettable beats in the music of Saheed Osupa today, were composed by Sunday Oluperi. Followers of Saheed Osupa would remember the beat that accompanied the song by Saheed Osupa that: " Ti daddy and mummy ba ma choose music...", the "Gbasss Gbosss" beat that became inseparable part of the song was a handi-work of Sunday Oluperi. And there are so many signature beats like that, that he created for the band. Saheed Osupa and Sunday Oluperi became so compatible as an artiste and his lead drummer that, Saheed Osupa hardly travelled out of the country for any musical tour without Sunday Oluperi. Unless, the performances there would just be incomplete.
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However, at a point in time, Sunday Oluperi who along the line, started producing his own drumbeat based albums for the listening delight of his fans, began to have a personality issues with Saheed Osupa, and that led to a separation between them. But after a while, some well-wishers mediated between them, and they came back together. And it only took a little while after their coming back together for Sunday Oluperi to realise that he had to move on, for good. So, Saheed Osupa did a retirement show for him, before he quitted the band finally, and relocated to America where he lives now.
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And just like Sunday Oluperi, Taofik Lawal, who is popularly known as Kokoro Taofiki, was one of the band members who made Saheed Osupa's band become what is it today. Kokoro Taofiki was the Lead Back-up Singer behind Saheed Osupa for years. And during the period he was with Saheed Osupa, he carved a niche for himself as, arguably, the most popular Back-up Singer with any Fuji artiste in Nigeria. Part of what made him so popular was his creative way of injecting slangs which the Yorubas would call "Ajasa" into Saheed Osupa's music while performing live on stage. And that became part of Saheed Osupa's music such that, it would be incomplete in the ears of his fans without the "Ajasa" from Kokoro Taofiki.
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And overtime, Kokoro Taofiki built his own fan base to the extent that, some would come to Saheed Osupa's stage and spray money on Kokoro Taofiki separately after they must have done same to Saheed Osupa. In fact, when Kokoro Taofiki's fan base grew to a point, he started releasing Fuji Hip-Hop albums for their listening delight, while he was still backing-up for Saheed Osupa. However, at a point in time, an issue cropped up, and Kokoro Taofiki with some other band members teamed up to protest against certain things happening in their band which were not going down well with them. Especially, things that had to do with sharing of money made on stage.
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But, the way they did the protest caught Saheed Osupa unaware, as they refused to go on stage to perform with him at a particular show. And that led to Saheed Osupa dismissing all of them as he went for new band men. However, when some well-wishers still mediated between them, Kokoro Taofiki who had travelled to many countries with Saheed Osupa on musical tour before, was one of the few dismissed band men Saheed Osupa agreed to accept back. But because there was already another person brought in to replace Kokoro Taofiki as the Lead Back-up Singer during his absence, it was difficult for him to fit in back into the band with the new person still being there.
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So, they resolved that he should leave and relocate to America where he now lives. But without any shred of doubt, Sunday Oluperi and Kokoro Taofiki are 2 men who made Saheed Osupa popular with their efforts in the band when they were with him. And it is certain that Saheed Osupa can not forget them and their immense in a hurry.
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