Circumstance took the young man Wasiu Ayinde to the musical group of the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister as an instrument ‘packer’; in 1974 Barrister went on a trip to England and the whole band had to wait for him. This event inspired Wasiu to resolved to start his own musical band. He did his first album titled Iba (Tribute) in 1980; but it wasn’t a hit. K1 released his landmark hit album,TALAZO’84 in 1984, in which he sang, ‘adundun ma du lo re ba ngbe re wa o (2x) orin ti mo nko o ko Adewale o o, adundun ma du lo re ba ngbe re wa.’ TALAZO was followed by other hits in quick succession like Dance For Me, American Tips, Fuji Collections, The Ultimate, Consolidation, History, Statement,etc.
Prince Wasiu Adewale Omogbolahan Ayinde Olasunkanmi Anifowoshe (born on the 3rd of March,1957) of the Fidipote Ruling house of Ijebu-Ode has become an household name in Fuji music. He stage name was Wasiu Ayinde Barrister, later changed to Marshal The Ultimate, KWAM 1, and later K1.
A secondary school drop out,due to untimely demise of his father, K1 employed a UK-trained, London-based Management consultant, Dayo Adekunle Olomu of D.O & Associates as his Manager. This contributed to increasement in his music acceptability across different strata of the Nigerian social established.
“Also, it is to K1’s credit that Fuji music was rescued from the effect of Juju music with the sterling performances of the likes of King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey and Shina Peters who introduced Afro Juju through his hit record ‘ACE’ in 1989 which made modernisation and re-launchhing of Fuji music an imperative if it was not to go into extinction. K1 responded to fill that gap by releasing the first real fast-track Fuji album titled ‘American Tips’ in 1990 which marked a significant turning point for Fuji music as Fuji from then on expanded its frontiers to become the toast of many more educated Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora who practically abandoned Disco to identify more with K1’s new brand of modern Fuji.”
All hails K1, the widely acclaimed King of Fuji!
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MAY 17, 2017