Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, one of the champions of Nigeria’s folk Fuji Music is dead.
He passed away on Thursday December 16, 2010 at Saint Mary Hospital, in Paddington London.
Aged 62, the famous musician was rushed to the hospital after a stomach complication which led him to be vomiting intermittently.
He was rushed back to the hospital where for some time he had been receiving treatments.
Sources said one of his eldest wives was by his side when he breathed his last breath.
Alhaji Agba has been in and out of hospital in the past two years, having development a weight related illness.
He was transferred to India earlier in the years where he was operated upon and came back home after the treatment.
Few weeks after his arrival back home, he was taken to Universal Hospital in Germany from where he was shifted to London under the care of one of his senior wives.
He later got registered with the famous Saint Mary Hospital where he had been receiving treatment until complications developed in the early hours of Thursday December 161, 2010. He was said to have vomited several times before being rushed back to the hospital where he breathed his last.
Alhaji Agba as he is fondly called by his teeming admirers in his early days had been fingered as a music genius.
After a brief spell in the Military in the late sixties, he left the Nigerian Army as a private officer even though to the dislike of many of his military colleagues who had fallen in love with his talent as a folk songs writer and singer.
His musical ingenuity endeared him to many of those military friends who did not admire his leaving the military but he had to leave.
He had demonstrated his pride as an ex soldier in many of his songs and even at a stage had featured his military uniform on his record labels to declare solidarity that talent and destiny had made him to quit the army.
During his Military career, he engaged in various entertainment activities among them rendering of folk songs and speaking in core Yoruba proverbs to the admiration of many of his military colleagues.
After breaking away from the Military, he came back home to build a career on what he knew best; singing for people’s delight, an engagement that that metamorphosised to a major musical empire adored across the world today.
His awesome contribution to Nigeria music industry has pitched him today among Nigeria’s music greats with worldwide fame and award winning.
Many hip-hop musical youths of today have their musical root to Sikiru Ayinde Barrister. He had an array of music youth followers who had fashioned their life after him as a model and icon of note.
The formation of his first fuji group in the tip of seventies started a blossoming career.
Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde barrister today remains one of the most notable personalities in the Nigerian music industry having commenced his career as ‘Were champion in the early sixties. He was a sought after champion of ‘Were’ folk songs in Lagos Island where he won several laurels as leaders of a group, which featured during the Ramadan fasting period. His group then was a hot cake among rivals with fans falling over each other to have a glimpse of him then.
He later reformed the type of the music, re-modifying it into real Fuji music , which he piloted as a main idol up to the present moment.
He was really awesome on the field of music play and made more fame as a party musical guest, another line that had built him good fortune and more fame and adoration from fans.
In the mid eighties, he gained more popularity with the emergence of another Fuji super-lord, Alhaji Kollington Ayinla, with fans pitching tent with the two, and going for their favourites and creating artificial musical rivalry.
The positive effect is the consequential awesome popularity which built up challenges for the duo to work harder and overshadow each other to the admiration of millions of fans.
The two dominant figures, and other juniors to them, remains till date the best icon of our time in Fuji music, with tens of waxed records, compact Discs and produced music videos.
Their rivalry had combed out millions of fans for them from across the world as admirers were always gripped and were eager to hear more of their music wizardry as they attempt to outdo each other. The rivalry had brought out one of the most entertainment show-pieces in homes and on the streets across Nigeria.
Listen to their new lyrics and percussional renditions and talking subjects are created through their messages for the day, even weeks and at times for years after the record outing.
A similar scenario of musical rivalry was to be created with the emergence of another music icon about 1980 when fans attempted pitching Sikiru with Wasiu Ayinde Mashal, but Sikiru broke away from such rivalry recognising Wasiu as one of his Musical Princes.
The result end of his refusal to be pitched with Wasiu made Sikiru to adopt the title, Alhaji Agba, that is to say the great elder mentor, a title many of Sikiru’s fans across the world used until his last breath to identify him as the great of the greats, even dissociating him from rivalry with Alhaji Kollington Ayinla.
Wasiu Ayinde Marshal( aka KWAM1) who introduced a different version of Fuji has always acknowledge Sikiru as his father, teacher and mentor and in fact graduated from the deceased Fuji tutelage. Sikiru remains Wasiu’s godfather till date and has always credited Alhaji Agba as the source of his success. Hundreds of Fuji musicians across the world today owe their source of success to Sikiri Ayinde Barrister.
He has a very awesome personality that sold him to many of his colleagues as a main champion of many champions, a folk music teacher, father, grandfather, socialite, fashionicon, and excellent manager of men. He was awarded an honourary Doctarate degree as a mark of honour for his immense contribution to Fuji music and social life in Nigeria.
He had managed many groups of band colleagues having experienced disappointment with his band boys philandering, though through his ingeniousness gathering new set of band members and making the best of them.
His articulacy in the use of Quranic verses citations while singing also endeared him to millions of fans across the world.
He was an ardent lover of God and has dotted the great works of God in his musical life giving Him praises and adoration as he plays at parties and on waxed records.
He was an ardent worshipper who resorted to Quaranic verses whenever issues to be settled are taken to him for resolution by neighbours or close associates. He was an embodiment of wisdom and maturity which he combined with divine instinct, knowledge and understanding.
Sikiru ayinde Barrister has been noted as music doyen of many colours. He sermonised in most of his music works; sometimes satirical, sometime philosophical and even mostly down to earth with his moral teachings. Many love him to the point of dying for him, an indication that his generousity would always be a point of remebrance to his numerous fans and close associates.
He once created Fuji Chambers in Mushin, in the heart of Lagos mainland, a forum where he combed out some of the best young talents in Fuji music.
Dr Sikiru Ayinde Agbajelola is in real sense of it not dead. What has departed his physical appearance to the eternal world.
As for the real genius in him as a musician, he remains ever living as thousands, if not millions across the world will live to enjoy the memory of Barrister; his music, his artistic works on the field of music play, Islamic religion icon and many more qualities will keep his memory alive for ever in the mind of millions across the world.
Toward the end:
He has been in and out of hospital in the past two years and was operated on in an Indian Hospital for surgical operations where attempts were made to remove fats from his body.
He was transferred to London few months ago and he has been in and out of hospital while being taken care of by one of his eldest wives.
He was said to have complained of a stomach complication on Thursday while jhooked on to occasional hi-cup and intermittent vomiting.
He was rushed back to St Mary Hospital, Paddington following his vomiting and eventually breathed his last breath.
Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde barrister was one of the most notable personalities in the Nigerian music industry having commenced his career as ‘were champion in the early sixties. He was a sought after champion of ‘Were’ folk songs in Lagos Island where he won several laurels as leaders of a group, which featured during the Ramadan fasting period.
His career has spanned almost four decades and he has remained consistent
He has been in out of hospitals both locally and Internationally as family attempts to salvage his life from a major ailment.
A very good composer, he has played his own type of politics using music as a major link to reach out to politicians urging them to change from their bad ways.
Family announcement: Source: Mujidat Oluwafunmilayo Rasheed-Agbaje
Inallilahi wahina ilehi rajiuna… from Allah we came and unto him we shall return! On behalf of Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Agbaje Balogun’s families and the administrators of Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister’s Fans Club, we reget to announce the passing of our beloved Son, Father, Uncle, Grand-Father, Great-Grand Father, Friend, the Fuji Music Originator who answered Allah’s call to come home in the early hours of Thursday, December 16th, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London after a brief illness. May his soul rest in peace, amin.
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
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