•Picks DECEMBER 16th Date
•To Celebrate 10 Yrs Of BARRISTERS Death
The king of Fuji, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, is planning a Mega Party come December 16th, 2020 in Lagos to honour his boss, the Fuji Creator, late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.
The party, which promises to be classy in all forms will parade who is who in South-West coming to honour the new face of Fuji Creator.
As you are reading this, City People can authoritatively say that more than 3 governors will honour the Fuji Living Legend, King Wasiu Ayinde as he celebrates the man he calls his mentor. Of course, the event will not parade only governors, many ‘A’-list socialites who are also great friends of the late Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister are expected on the occasion.
Many of them are coming all out to celebrate a decade of the Fuji icon’s exit.
K1, singing about the party at Ijebu bizman, Alhaji Abdulganiu Ombo daughter’s wedding revealled that the party would be grand. In his voice “gege bi aiye mi, ti o ba di December 16th, mo ma celebrate Baba mi, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister” and he began to sing praises of the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister’s son, Samson Lade, who was at the party. Lade danced for many minutes before leaving the stage.
Don’t forget that the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and Wasiu Ayinde shared father and son relationship. Even those who know revealed that K1 doesn’t joke with his late boss despite that he is dead.
K1 has never stopped telling many why he loves his boss and what he represents in his life. In an interview, he once granted BBC Yoruba, he revelaled that he shared a very strong bond with his boss, the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.
Though, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister may be dead, but he is never forgotten.
Ayinde Barrister was born to the family of Salawu Balogun of Ibadan, his father was a butcher, while his mother was a trader. He had his early education at Muslim Mission School and the Model School, Mushin, Lagos. He later studied typing and commercial related courses at Yaba Polytechnic. Ayinde Barrister started playing music at a young age as an ajiwere singer during Ramadan that involve eating very early in the day to prepare for fasting. He continued playing music while on various jobs. He worked as a typist for Nigerian Breweries and was later enlisted as a clerk in the Nigerian Army during the Nigeria Civil War. He served in the 10th Brigade of the 2nd Division of the Nigerian Army under Col. Adeniran and fought in Awka, Abagana and Onitsha. On his return from the war, he was posted to the Army Signals Headquarters, Apapa and later to the Army Resettlement Centre, Oshodi. He left the army to become a full-time musician and proceeded to start a full-fledged band of 34 percussionists and vocalists called the “Supreme Fuji Commanders”.
In 1966, Ayinde Barrister released his first LP record. At the time, he usually played with his band at events at Ebute Meta, on Lagos Island mostly to Muslim fans. He released more records under the label before starting his own label Siky-Oluyole Records. Among the LPs released under African songs was Bisimilahi (1977) and Ile Aiye Dun Pupo/Love in Tokyo (India Sound) (1976). By early 1980s, Ayinde Barrister and Fuji music had become accepted by all religion adherents in the country. He went on to record various albums including Iwa (1982), Nigeria (1983), Fuji Garbage (1988) and new Fuji Garbage (1993) under his imprint. He had a popular record entitled, Reality (2004). He had a bitter feud with another Fuji singer, Kollington Ayinla in 1982.
Ayinde Barrister had a couple of successful shows in London in 1990 and 1993, performing what later became known as the Fuji Garbage sound.
His Fuji genre is a blend of Apala, Sakara, Awurebe and others. With Fuji music, Barrister revolutionised the traditional Yoruba music as he projected traditional values good behaviour, respect for elders and honesty in the struggles against life’s forces. He often used his music as tools of commentary on issues of national concern, especially, politics. He was blessed in the art of praising enigmatic individuals.
Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister earned so many notable awards during his lifetime and music career. The most significant, however, was the conferment of member of the Order of Niger (MON) on him by the then President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2006, President Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo. The honour was believed to be based on his album Precaution released in 1995, the record that detailed the enconomic and socio-political issues confronting Nigeria as a nation and possible solutions to the problems.
– Abiola Orisile