The family of late pioneer of Fuji Music, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, is making plans to immortalize him by turning the icon’s house into a museum.
If accomplished, the icon’s house in the Isolo area of Lagos would be second of such, following a similar effort by the family of late Afrobeats legend, Fela Kuti, in 2012.
An all-star tribute concert has also been lined up to celebrate the 5th anniversary of barrister’s demise.
One of Nigeria’s best-known singer/songwriters, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister 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 International Music Ambassadors, Barrister had continued to be one of the leading purveyors of Fuji, an exciting, amplified dance music combining Juju, Apala, and traditional Yoruba blues that he introduced in the late ’70s.
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 had been described as “Juju without the guitars” and a “percussion conversation”.
The 62 year old musician passed away at St Mary’s Hospital in London on December 16, 2010, after a protracted illness.
Hypertek’s very own superstar Dammy Krane makes a huge splash with the release of three exciting new singles – “Lobatan”, “Gratitude” and the previously leaked “Xteristics.”
Produced by TinTin, “Lobatan” sees Dammy Krane excellently fusing his modern Fuji vibes and sensibility with what can only be described as a mixture of synth-heavy Dance instrumentals and a Dubstep musical milieu, to resounding results.
“Gratitude” on the other hand is 21st Century Fuji music from Dammy Krane with Spellz providing the befitting production with lush drum patterns, talking drums and synthy keyboard arrangements, over which Dammy Krane waxes lyrical in his trademark Fuji vocal cadence and commanding flow.
Dammy Krane and Spellz link up once again on the mid-tempo “Xteristics” which has already become a fan-favourite after leaking on the internet a few days ago and being supported by all the leading online tastemakers. For good reason too, Dammy Krane shows his smooth and sultry side to perfection on “Xteristics”.
Whatever your tastes and preferences are, Dammy Krane does more than satisfy them with these three new singles. Not only that, he shows his vast repertoire and versatility in delivering excellent hit singles over several musical styles. Whether it is “Lobatan” or “Gratitude” or “Xteristics”, you can expect for Dammy Krane to be a constant fixture on your favourite music websites and radio stations for the Summer and rest of 2013 – be prepared for the Dammy Krane Take Over!!!