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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Five Examples Of Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister's Fuji Music

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides information about Fuji music from Nigeria and information about its creator

This post also showcases five examples of Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister's music.

Selected comments from some of these video's discussion threads are included in this post along with explanatory information about terms that are mentioned in the title or the summary statement of two of the showcased videos.

This post is part of a continuing pancocojams series about music in Islamic Africa. Click the tab below for other posts in this series.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and all those singers, musicians, and dancers who are featured in these videos. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post, and thanks to the publishers of these examples on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT FUJI MUSIC
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuji_music
"Fuji is a popular Nigerian musical genre. It arose from the improvisational Ajisari/were music tradition, which is a kind of music performed to wake Muslims before dawn during the Ramadan fasting season. Were music/Ajisari itself was made popular by Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.

History
Were music/Ajisari, traditionally, was an Islamic type music played by the Muslim children in Yorubaland to wake the faithful for fasting or Suhur during Ramadan period. This musical genre was made popular by Alhaji Dauda Epo-Akara, the deceased who based in Ibadan,was the "awurebe" founder and Ganiyu Kuti, a.k.a. "Gani Irefin".[1]

The Muslim community in Lagos metropolis (Lagos Mainland and Lagos Island) had a sizeable number of “Ajiwere” acts. These early performers drew great inspiration from Yoruba Sakara music style (using the sakara drum but without the violin-like goje instrument—which is normally played with an accompanying fiddle). …
Varying styles were beginning to evolve by this time, and it was not unusual for a few to play mouth organs (harmonica) between “Ajiwere” interludes within their compositions. Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister was the lead singer/composer of the popular ajisari group, Jibowu Barrister, under the leadership of Alhaji Jibowu Barrister (mentioned above). Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and other young “Ajiwere” "rocked" Lagos and its environs.

Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister is the creator of Fuji Music, one of the variations of were/Ajisari musical genre.[2] The name, "Fuji," chosen for the new musical genre was conceived in a rather funny and unusual way. According to Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister: "I came up with it when I saw a poster at an airport, advertising the Mount Fuji, which is the highest peak in Japan." Fuji, in this context, should not be mistaken for the Yoruba word "fuja," or "faaji," which means leisure or enjoyment. "Onifuja" or "Onifaaji" is Yoruba for a socialite, or one who relishes leisure or enjoyment.

Fuji music is an offshoot of were/Ajisari musical genre. In one of his early LPs, which he used to chide the unreasonable critics who dubbed his creation "a local music," Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister explained that "Fuji music is a combination of music consisting of Sakara, Apala, juju, Aro, Afro, and gudugudu, possibly highlife." Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister did a tremendous job of popularizing his craft by taking it all over the world; he started touring the European continent, especially Britain, since the early 1970s. Also, he first brought his trade to the North America, particularly the United States of America in 1984. All these tours happened before any subsequent Fuji players ever left the shores of Africa”....

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INFORMATION ABOUT ALHAJI SIKIRU AYINDE BARRISTER
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayinde_Barrister
"Sikiru Ololade Ayinde Balogun, MFR, (February 9, 1948–December 16, 2010) better known by his stage name Ayinde Barrister was a Nigerian-born Yoruba singer-songwriter and music performer.[1] He is regarded as one of the pioneers and revolutioneers of Fuji and Wéré music.[2][3] After his first break into music in 1965, Ayinde Barrister went on to release over 70 studio albums.[4]"...

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From http://www.allmusic.com/artist/dr-sikiru-ayinde-barrister-mn0001513861 Artist Biography by Craig Harris
"One of Nigeria's best-known singer/songwriters, Chief Doctor Sikiru Ayinde Barrister (born: Sikiru Ayinde) has played an essential role in the evolution of the music of his homeland. The leader of a 25-piece band, the Supreme Fuji Commanders, and a smaller group, the Africa Musical International Ambassadors, Barrister has continued to be one of the leading purveyors of fuji, an exciting, amplified dance music combining juju, apala, and traditional Yoruban blues that he introduced in the late-'70s. Barrister has been singing most of his life. By the age of ten, he had mastered a complex, Yoruban vocal style that was traditionally performed during the holy month of Ramadan. Although he briefly attended a Muslim school, Yaba Polytechnic, in 1961, financial difficulties prevented him from continuing. Leaving school, he found employment as a stenographer. During the Civil War that swept through Nigeria between 1967 and 1970, he served in the Army. Signed by the Nigeria-based Africa Songs, Ltd. label, Barrister recorded many groundbreaking singles during the 1970s and '80s. With his heartfelt vocals set to a rhythmic mix of talking drums, claves, bells, shekere, drum set, and Hawaiian-style guitar, he laid the foundation for fuji, which he named after Mt. Fuji, the Japanese mountain of love. The style has been described as "juju without the guitars" and a "percussion conversation." The website www.rootsandrhythm.com described it as a "high speed assault by 12 wild percussionists." Barrister renamed the musical style "Fuji garbage" in 2000."

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SHOWCASE VIDEOS
These examples are given in chronological order based on their publishing date on YouTube with the oldest example given first.

Example #1: Late Alh. Aare (Dr.) Sikiru Ayinde Barrister Barrister - Fantasia Fuji #2

VictolaTV Uploaded on Dec 28, 2010

...Late Alh. Aare (Dr.) Sikiru Ayinde Barrister Barrister who began his music career in 1958 as a member of the "Ajisari Ajiwere" group during the holy month of Ramadan, was certainly one of the greatest Yoruba musicians of all time. RIP Alhaji Agba!
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Selected comments from this video's discussion thread.
T Marie, 2011
"my favorite sound.....i could remember when i was very young, this song & shina peter's (action) use to be the one that rocks the party,,,my mother so much love dis records...love u motherland.R.I.P Fuji legend..."

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Abiodun Adekola, 2012
"We love u The Creator Of Fuji but God loves u more!!!...Sun re o.."

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dada obasun, 2012
"R.I.P alhaji agba we 'll never forget u .cous your contribution was too much to oduduwa yoruba music."

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Patrick Abiola, 2014
"The beauty of this music is further enhanced with Barry's ability to dance very meticulously to the beat....love this music anyday!"

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Delsin Smith, 2014
"+Patrick Abiola Very right. It's a masterpiece unparalleled. R.I.P Alhaji Agba!!!"

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Rasheed Akorede, 2014
"Ahba! This man was really more than any chieftancy title in the Music Industry especially when it come to originality, creativity, naturality,...mention it? Barry everly the BEST! RIP The FUJI himself!"

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Delsin Smith, 2014
"Fantasia Fuji has always been the evergreen album of late Dr Sikiru Ayinde Barrister. It appeals to me more than anything. Wish people could be brought back to life, i wouldn't hesitate a bit to have him back here with us. We love you but God loves you more Alhaji Agba. R.I.P Fuji Messiah!!!"

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Example #2: Late Alh. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister - Music Extravaganza 3



VictolaTV Uploaded on Feb 25, 2011

...Late Alh. Aare (Dr.) Sikiru Ayinde Barrister Barrister who began his music career in 1958 as a member of the "Ajisari Ajiwere" group during the holy month of Ramadan, was certainly one of the greatest Yoruba musicians of all time. RIP Alhaji Agba!

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Example #3: Aare Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister performs ' Controversy' Part 2



Wyld Pytch/51 Lex Records Published on Jun 3, 2013
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The song “Controversy” begins at .46
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Here's a comment from this video's discussion thread:
Ramat olorunoje, 2013
"Barry je Baba rere fun awon omo rere"
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Google translate from Yoruba to English:
"Father Barry was good news for members"

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Example #4: DR AYINDE BARRISTER - OLD SCHOOL LIVE PLAY (VIDEO)



Michael Ojuolape Published on Jul 19, 2015

Dr Ayinde Barrister' live show in Ibadan in 1980.
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Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBlgd9sW9JI for another video of an old school live show starring Dr. Ayinde Barrister

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Example #5: ALHAJI SIKIRU AYINDE BARRISTER (MFR) - IMAGE VIDEO



Michael Ojuolape, Published on Aug 12, 2015

Barry the Legend in the video clip of Image.

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