Nigerian music icon Chief Dr Sikiru Ayinde Barrister died on this day eight years ago. Widely regarded as the pioneer of the Fuji music genre, ‘Alhaji Agba’ was a singer, songwriter, performer, band leader and global cultural icon. His music career started fulltime in 1965 after he served in the Nigerian Army. He would go on to release over 100 albums in his life time, along with countless live performances that millions of fans adored him for.
He passed away in London on December 16, 2010, after a protracted illness. His work, however, ensures that his legacy lives on till date. In recent times, there have been debates about the actual progenitor of Fuji music. K1 de Ultimate who was Barrister’s protege for many years before starting his own band has said on a number of occasions that Barrister elevated Fuji music to the level it is now but that the genre had been in existence before him. Other Fuji practitioners such as Saheed Osupa and Abbas Obesere insist that all fuji musicians owe their artistry to Barrister.
What is indisputable though, is Barrister’s importance to the genre and Nigerian music in particular. Along with Fela Anikulapo Kuti and King Sunny Ade, he introduced the world to indigenous Nigerian music and was continues to be celebrated today, eight years after his death.
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