Fuji King, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister Is Dead

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Fuji music icon, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister is dead. His death was confirmed to P.M.NEWS this afternoon by his son, Wale, popularly known as Barry Showkey.

•The late Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.

Investigations revealed that the musician popularly known as Alhaji Agba died this morning at St. Mary Hospital, London after a protracted illness.

P.M.NEWS gathered that Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister had been  in and out of hospital in the past two years and was operated upon in an Indian hospital early in the year.

On his return from India,  Barrister was again rushed to Havana Hospital, Surulere, Lagos and was later flown to the Universal Clinic, Germany. From there, the ‘Fuji Garbage’ crooner was admitted at St. Mary Hospital, London, where he died this morning.

One of Nigeria’s best known singer/songwriters, Chief Sikiru Ayinde Barrister played an essential role in the evolution of the music in his homeland. The leader of a 25-piece band, the Supreme Fuji commanders, and a smaller group, the Africa Musical International Ambassadors, Barrister continued to be one of the leading purveyors of fuji, an exciting, amplified dance music combining juju, apala, and a traditional Yoruba blues that he introduced in the late 70s.

Barrister sang most of his life. By the age of ten, he had mastered Were, a complex, Yoruba vocal style that was traditionally performed during the holy month of Ramadan. Although he briefly attended a Muslim school and later Yaba Higher School, now Yaba College of Technology, 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 Nigerian-based Africa Songs, Ltd. label, Barrister recorded many ground-breaking singles during the 1970s and 1980s 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 of fuji which he named after Mt. Fuji, the Japanese mountain of love. The style has been described as “juju without the guitars” and a “percussion conversation.”

—Ayodele Lawal, Kayode Aponmade, Bayo Adetu, Oyinkansola Salimon

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  1. akanbi ahmed

    INALILAHI WAHINA ILAEHI ROJIUNA. MINIHA HALAQNAKUM WA FIHA NUIDUKUN WA MINIHA NUKHRIJUKUN TAROTA HURA. WE LOVE DADDY BUT ALLAH LOVES MORETHAN US GOOD NIGHT PAPA. SUN REEEEEEEEEEEEE OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  2. akanbi ahmed

    INALILAHI WAHINA ILAEHI ROJIUNA. MINIHA HALAQNAKUM WA MINIHA NUIDUKUN WA MINIHA NUKHRIJUKUN TAROTA HURA. WE LOVE DADDY BUT ALLAH LOVES MORETHAN US GOOD NIGHT PAPA. SUN REEEEEEEEEEEEE OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  3. Afolabi Olukoya

    may your sole rest in pafet piece baba you still be in our mind 4ever

  4. Mustapha

    Inalilahi Wa Ina Ilahi Rajiuna. May Almighty Allah forgive his sins and grant him Al-Janat.

  5. SALAMI

    baba died at 62. may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. sun re o alhaji agbaa

  6. MUTIU OLAWALE SALAWU

    ALHAJI Barrister means to me more than just a local musician, he is a LEGEND out of this world. After Michael Jackson. Barrister is the second musical Personality I dreamed of meeting personally. That dream is now dead, at least not again in this ‘side of the grave’. BARUSAT I LOVE YOU…….I REALLY DO!
    Rest in PEACE.

  7. Adeniji Sunday

    This is a great loss to Nigeria, especially Yorubas.
    May his soul rest in peace.

  8. rasaki waliu

    inna llahi waina ilehi rojiuna great loss for yoruba people.

  9. tony

    Indeed it a great loss to all Nigerian. He promoted our culture and heritage with his choice of music throughout his life. May Allah grant him eternity. We love you but surely Allah loves you more. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen GOOD BYE ALHAJI AGBA

  10. Razak

    B’iku se l’agbara to, ko s’ologun t’ole ri t’iku se o, b’iku se l’agbara to (2ce) k’o s’ologun t’ole ri t’iku se ooo. That was a song from Chief Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, the fuji music originator, founder and exponent. From God we come, to Him we shall return. Goodnight Mr. Fuji. Sun re oooo. Ayinde Ogun.

  11. AFOLABI OLAKUNLE

    INALILAHI WAH INA ROJIU, IS A BIG LOST TO ALL THE FAMILY,FRIENDS,YORUBAS, FUJI ARTIST,AND WE THE FANS MAY HIS SOUL REST PERFECT IN PERFECT PEACE.ALLHA SHOULD FORGIVE HIM ALL HIS SINS.

  12. Tunrayo O.

    May his soul rest in perfect peace,may the Angel accept him, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister sun re oooooooo

  13. Tunrayo O.

    From God we come & to him we shall all return….May his soul rest in perfect peace,may the Angel accept him, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister sun re oooooooo

  14. Idowu

    Whao! Alhaji SK Balogun, AIMA…African International Music Ambassador is gone!

    This is sad and touching.

    Anyway, Barrister has said it many times; remembering one of his popular albums “Aiye” released in 1980 following the demise of Ayinla Omowura, when he sang about death…..

    “bi mo ba ranti iku, omi inu a komi, eru aye a bami jeje, Alayinde mo wa se’ranti pe ko seni ti oniku, ko ma seni ti o ni lo”

    meaning:
    If I remember death, I will feel disturbed, and be afraid of the world, but I came to realize that everyone will go!

    Alhaji Agba….rest in peace!

    -Idowu Bakare,
    http://bcingr.webs.com

  15. Gasky Jay

    Surely, all soul shall taste Death, Only God knows the appointed time for every souls, May God forgive him of his sins and grant him Aljanat Fridaus

  16. QUAM

    RIP……

  17. Samuel

    This is a great loss to Africa, Nigeria and entire Yoruba race, no time one hears his music without learning one thing or the other, all his albums and live plays are full of knowledge, I am disturbed for his death but then God knows why, he was a useful musician, not like all these noise makers whom you cant learn a singe lesson from their music. May the almighty God forgives him all his sins. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.

  18. ayinde

    que son ame repose en paix il laisse mon mari inconsolable

  19. King

    Inalillahi naina illaehi rajium, This is a big loss not only to Fuji music but nigeria music scene in general. May his soul rest in perfect peace, andmay Allah grant him aljanna .

  20. seyi

    Arch Bishop of Fuji is Gone May his soul rest in peace…… U will forever be remembered for the good work that you have done to the fuji industry.

  21. Mustapha Agbarere

    Inna lillahi Wainna Ilaehi Rajiun

  22. abass abiola

    aaaah ile nje eyan baba sun reooo . i could not believe till when i confirmed dat BABA is actually gone 2 great byond. THERE CANT B NO ONE THAT WILL EVER B LIKE HIM.UUUUUUhhhhhnnnnn .MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

  23. olayinka

    may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace

  24. Ibrahim Hammed

    I’m speechless!

  25. mustapha

    inallilahi wa ina ilahi rajiun

  26. wasiu

    Alh agba will be missed by all,may ALLAH grant him eternal rest

  27. Bamikefa I

    Alhaji Agba olorun yio fori ji e, Ise ti e fi sile koni baje , OBA ORIN LOOOOOO.

  28. Stephen

    It is just too shocking……..Eja nla ti lo ni Ibu….no one can be like baba…Alhaji Agba, how can I cope with the pain…..it is very painful

  29. ibrahim aremu abidjan

    allah grant his soul .alijat fridaus may he rest eternal and peace inna lilahi wa ina ilehii rojiunne

  30. Wale

    From God we come, and definitely, to Him, we shall return. May Almighty Allah grant him Aljanna Firdaus.
    His death is a big loss to those who have ears.

  31. salami bolanle

    may his gentle soul rest in peace..

  32. Gab. A. Adewole

    Although Fuji has its origin in Were, a Ramadan carnival music, Barrister transformed it and universalized it into what it is today. His song Suuru Baba Iwa remains the best Yoruba lyric of all times and it is what endeared me to this ex-soldier. Barry Wonder was not just a musician, he was a Muccadam of Omoluwabi doctrine (rather than that of just Islam). May God take care of what he has left behind. Amen in the name of Jesus.

  33. Teekay

    R.I.P. Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.

  34. Femi Garuba

    VERILY, WE BELONG TO ALLAH, AND TRULY, TO HIM, WE SHALL RETURN, “O ALLAH BESTOW YOUR MERCY AND FORGIVENESS UPON ALHADJ DHIKRULLAH AYINDE, PARDON HIM AND MAKE HIS ABODE HONORABLE. EXTEND HIS ENTRY AND CLEANSE HIM WITH SNOW, WATER AND HAIL AND MAKE HIM FREE OF SINS LIKE A WHITE DRESS IS PURIFIED FROM FILTH. ADMIT HIM INTO PARADISE, PROTECT HIM FROM THE TORMENT IN THE GRAVE AND THE TORMENT OF THE FIRE”

  35. wale

    odo e lati waa alahura, odo la o si pada si oh,boti lewu k`ape laye to,inna lilahi wa inna ilahi rajihuna.may his soul rest in peace

  36. adegunju oluide

    It is with shock that I recieve the news of the death of Alhaji Agba this afternoon , but as the saying an act of God can not be queriey all I can say for now is that God Almighty should grant him internal rest in alijanah.

  37. Badmus

    Ina lilah wa ina li raheem. Odo Olohun lati wa Odo Olohun la o pada si From one of it popular record song during his life time.May his gentle soul rest in peace.The king of fuji has gone.Adie Ayinde Adie Barister Adie King of Fuji

  38. ahji badmus

    WHEN HARUNA ISHOLA DIE, HE DIE WITH APALA THE SAME WITH OLATUNJI YUSUF ,EPO AKARA ,OMOWURA BARRY IS DIE FUJI IS GONE,OMO AGBAJE TI GBE FUJI LO

  39. ahji badmus

    May Almighty Allah Bless Him and May His Soul Rest in Peace(TIMO BA BE LAYE KE MA SE TO JU MIO TI BA PEYINDE KE MA SI FERAN MIO KI FI JO ANABI MIO) OMO AGBAJE LOLA SUN REEEEEEEE, AGBA AKIN BOBA GUNWA OF IBADAN, OTUBALA ILU EKO, OMO OKE KA OKE KAN TI BE LO NA OPO, OMO AJA KE JA LAYEYE SUNREOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  40. Muyiwa Akin.

    Inna lillahi wa ina illahi rojiu. May Allah(SWT) grant him aljanat fridaus.This is a lesson for all living souls at this moment to think of death and mend their ways so that when we go back we can meet our creator in peace.Oh Allah grant his soul eternal rest & grant him aljanat fridaus. Amin

  41. Ak Pumping

    May Almighty Allah (SWT) forgive him for all his shortcoming ang grant him Aljanah Fridous.Amin
    We will miss u for your sweet melody and sensible lyrics

  42. Tayo

    Rest in peace! Baba oloye “MFR”

  43. Alao Habeeb

    INA LILAHI WA INA-LILAHI RAJIUN…

  44. John Adewoye

    Alhaji Agba good night you left fuji music behind for Kollington and others may his gentle soul rest in peace.

  45. Abubakar Olanrewaju

    Inna lillahi wa inna illahi rojiun. It is shocking to hear this but all souls shall taste death. Indeed, only Allah knows the appointed time for all souls. May Allah forgive him of his sins and overlook his shortcomings and admit him into aljanah fridaus.

  46. Hammed

    Ina lah waina ilaihi rojihun may his gentle soul rest in peace

  47. Saheed

    Inalilahi wainailehim Rogihuna. May Alhaji gentle soul rest in perfect Peace Ameeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  48. akorede

    INALILAHI WA ILE HIN ROJIHUN

  49. Ahmad

    Laaahilaaaa-ila lahu muhammad rosulu-lahi sola lahu alaehi wa salaaaaam!!!!!!!!!!

  50. kam nuga

    may his soul rest in perfect peace. allahu waki baru. Allah calls is great

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