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As I continue to explore Fuji music and the artists from Nigeria that have had the greatest influence in its evolution, I come across a few names that I don’t recall ever hearing their music. A week ago I was having a conversation with a musician and I mentioned the blog to him. As he scrolled through the different conversations I’ve had on the blog, he noted the conversation about Wasiu being the artist that modernized Fuji music. He disagreed with the conclusion. I asked him why he felt so strongly about his opinion and it was at this time he mentioned the name Adewale Ayuba, the originator of Bonsue Fuji. This is a special conversation for me because my objective with this blog is to spark conversation that differ in opinions about a particular artist, genre of music and other forms of entertainment that impact culture.

I don’t think Wasiu modernized anything in Fuji music. What he and many others including Barrister did was they tried to fuse other instruments into the genre, but Fuji music is strictly percussion based sound. So what would happen is they would fuse all these different sounds but then would end up sticking to just drums and their voice as the song goes on. That is not what I consider modernization. If there is any musician I would consider as someone who modernized Fuji, it would be Adewale Ayuba. When you listen to his music, he incorporated electronic drums and other instruments. It was nothing like we have heard before in Fuji and even then the percussion aspect was still very prominent. I still remember when he performed while I was in university, the whole place was full of energy. His music was fast pace and the way he fused all the sounds from the electronic instruments just made Fuji music very appealing.

As remembered by a Nigerian in Toronto, Canada.

 

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