There is no doubt at this juncture to state that the King of Fuji, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, the latest Mayegun of Yorubaland has written his name in the history of Africa’s most prominent genre of music, Fuji. For about 40 years running, k1 has remained at the forefront of the Nigerian music scene, learning and growing under the tutelage of legendary musicians such as Fuji legend Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Juju Maestro and Ebenezer Obey.
We don’t have a doubt when k1, said some 20 years ago that all the slangs he uses has meaning and reason (Gbogbo Asa T’in ba nda, Ayinde mi Gbolahan, O kede ni reason). 20 years down the line, Mayegun is still creating new slangs and he’s making sense in them.
He says ‘Olofo l’on binu Ologo’, (only the losers will envy the glorious ones). He spoke to City People on the thought that inspires that statement.
You are one of the most blessed artistes in Nigeria. Your children are taking after you. You are blessed with a good and unique voice and you recently came up with a recent lyrics Olofo lo Binu Ologo. How do you get that inspiration to put together the song? What do you have in your stomach? Ki Le Gbe Si Ikun?
I have in my stomach is the truth (Otito Inu) I am the same Action man, very serious in all I do. I criticize myself. All I want to do; I subject them to criticism. I criticize them like somebody is criticizing me. Whatever you are doing that you don’t do checks and balances, then you have lost it.
I am not that perfect, but I have the Grace of God, and at the same time, I have good people around me, that we deliberate together. I have no secret to hide, so I talk a lot in the presence of a lot of people. I don’t have a hidden secret. Nothing is hidden. God sees all of us. I have Oto Inu. I am a frank person. I will tell you as it is. The inspiration definitely must come because I make use of my brain at all times. I don’t like dull moments. I can’t be caged. I want to be in the midst of people at all times. I want to be free. I want to be in a place where I can move freely. All that happens around me keeps me going.
Tell us the meaning of that your song Olofo lo n binu Ologo…
(Laughs) Olofo lo nbinu Ologo means someone who has never achieved Greatness in his or her life, will see someone who is achieving Greatness and be envious. Always Rejoice with those God has done something good for, if not you can’t receive blessings. Only Olofo eeyan that will be angry with someone God has blessed. That is the message.
What I don’t have today, I can have tomorrow. When I have it tomorrow it is exciting to me. That is when I got mine. If you see what someone else has and you want it, pray for it and work for it.