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Stand Up for Pasuma at 50!

Image result for pasumaFuji music might not be everybody’s cup of tea but there’s an artiste who certainly is: his name is Wasiu Alabi Pasuma. For the better part of three decades, he has been a constant feature on the Nigerian music scene – which is strange; unlikely even for a Fuji act.

By its nature, Fuji is specific to Yoruba people. Its origination from were, a type of indigenous Yoruba music, meant that most of the practitioners were from that tribe.

Despite the iconic status of the two biggest stars of the genre – Chief Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and KWAM1 – whose careers attracted money bags and transcended the small beginnings that they started from, no Fuji artiste has successfully broken out of the confines of language and ethnicity. None except Pasuma Wonder.

Since his breakout album Orobokibo in 1995, his desire to be seen as a ‘yuppie’ has been obvious for everyone to see.


Even though his music stayed true to its roots in sound (heavy percussion) and street lifestyle that he lived and his fans want, Pasuma always had his eyes on the seemingly more glamorous life that Nigerian hip-hop artistes lived.

Where the older Barrister and Wasiu wore agbadas and outfits not in fad, Pasuma dressed like a ‘hip-hop’ star: denim jackets, Tommy Hilfiger shirts, baggy jeans, Kangol caps and Heavy style glasses. It was no mistake that he gave himself the moniker ‘African Puff Daddy.’ He struck a chord with the younger generation. Even if you didn’t know any Pasuma music, you certainly recognised him as the Fuji musician who did not seem like the other Fuji musicians.

He would soon go on to collaborate with the new faces of urban Nigerian music at the turn of the century, The Remedies. With his trendy looks and ease which he casually name dropped fashion brands familiar to hip-hop listeners (Versace, Armani and the short-lived Kesse Jabari) it was not long at all before he became a visible part of the nascent urban Nigerian music that was gaining traction.

Again like a true pop star, he has ventured into film, appearing on several Yoruba movies. Perhaps as a testament to his mainstream appeal, he is reported to have dated a number of actresses from that industry – Ayo Adesanya, Bisi Ibidapo-Obe and SheBaby are just a handful of names he’s been mentioned with.

His love for hip-hop was pushed to the fore in 2015 when he released a hip-hop album. My World featured Tiwa SavageOritsefemiPhynoTerry G and Olamide. One might laugh at Pasuma’s attempts to spit hip-hop bars but his impact on hip-hop is no laughing matter.

His influence on the careers of Olamide in particular is glaring. The tone of Olamide ‘street’ movement is not far removed from the street nature of Pasuma’s own following. It has had a ripple effect so resounding that it is impossible to ignore: when you see Olamide being featured by M.I Abaga: a rapper who is not even Yoruba, credit ought to be given to Pasuma for being a universally recognised figure, not bound by his genre. When Reminisce laces his hip-hop rhymes with Fuji slang (Gbera for example), it’s a nod to ‘Popsie Aaliyah’.

Pasuma has introduced Fuji music to new audiences more than any other singer in his category. He’s executed more cross-genre collaborations than any other, and he’s one of the very few from that sector who remain consistent and relevant for decades. To put it simply: it’s very likely he’s the Fuji artiste other Fuji artistes want to be like.

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Photos: Oni of Ife welcomes Pasuma at his palace

Image may contain: 1 personOganla of Fuji Music, Alhaji Wasiu Alabi Pasuma paid a courtesy visit to Oni of Ile, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyeye at his palace yesterday.Image may contain: 2 people, people sittingImage may contain: 1 person, sitting and beard

Fuji Star, Malaika jets out to U S A

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Fuji Music King, Alhaji Sulaimon Alao Malaika has jetted out of our shores.

Yesterday Wednesday 25th October 2017, he traveled out of the country for series performances in Donald Trump’s country.

Sources said he will be performing at New Jersey, Illinois Chicago, New York and others.

The Qibla Fuji music will return to Nigeria next month, Fuji pop gathered.

[INTERVIEW] There Is No Rift Between L K T And Edlyne – Fuji Pop Singer, LKT

Fuji-pop singer, LKT, who became famous in 2007 when he featured on Olu Maintain’s monster hit, Yahoozee, is set to finally release his debut album.The 15-track album is titled ‘The Journey’ and captures the singer’s journey from his past to his present; as well as his likely future. It is expected to hit the market by mid July before the singer embarks on his European tour later in the month.Artistes like 9ice, Jaywon, Vector, Olamide, Psquare and Davido would feature on the album. In this interview with Music Entertainment, spoke on his musical career and other interesting issues.

Being an artiste, how could you describe success of Alaye?
Success is good for an artiste whose song is everywhere. You also need to access yourself, when you do a song, give it to people to listen to it. Is it is not good, work on it again. That is how to be a successful artiste. Seek advice from your elders who are in showbiz. Alaye my hit song has been doing great. Everything has been fine. I dropped Follow Follow with P Square then. I further did Shibaraba with Terry G before Alaye over shadowed everything later. I pushed Alaye that is why lots of people loved it. Success of Alaye has made me to travel to a lot of states in Nigeria. I will soon be on Alaye Musical Tour abroad. A lot of good things has started happening. This is just the beginning. Watch out for L K T debut album. It is dropping soon.

What gives you that concept, Alaye which later becomes hit song?
After I recorded like three songs, I told my producer, Young D, I need a special beat. While recording this song, Timaya is recording his song as well. So we were both at the studio recording. The producer later gave me that hit beat. I just settled for it. And I started composing the song. Alaye as far as I am concerned is like your boss at the office. Someone, who is there for you, He is your personal person. We thank God everything is moving the way we want it.

Could you reveal your journey so far in showbiz, having worked with P Square, Eldee, Terry G, Olu Maintain and Puffy T?
You just need to be good as an artiste. I have worked with lots of big artistes. I am a kind of person that is hard working. I keep working until I get what I want am very close to every artistes in the industry. When I do a job, I take it to elders in the music business to listen to it in order to get their view. I even take it to Keke Ogungbe, D One, Jude Okoye, P Square and lots of them like that. They help me to review the song. They criticize it. This helps me a lot. If I have to go back to studio, I do that quickly. Another reason that delayed my single was the fact that I have done a lot of collaborations, and people are waiting for me to drop it songs. And I don’t want people to say this guy is good at doing duet but not good at recording his solo songs. More so, Follow Follow was the song that was there. I never believed in the song. When I wanted to record the song,I went to Jude Okoye. He said they are your friends. I could only come in when it comes to money issues. I later met Peter, that I want them on my new song. He said I should go and record my part and leave their part so that they could do their own part. They selected Follow Follow out of five songs that I gave them. Imagine P Square had to drive down to Allen in order to record their part. The journey has been very tough and rough. I didn’t stop that is why I am here today. I am still aiming higher. This is the starting point for me. Having worked with artistes that have been up and down gives me lots of challenges. It thought me how to be focus, determine, humble so that what draws them down would not weigh me down. I learn a lot from people. I feel like this is what people go through after making fame, money in the entertainment world. It is not easy my brother. I give kudos to artistes like P Square, 2Face, 9ice, D Banj, Wizkid e t c that are hard working. There was a day I was with P Square, I met them rehearsing at 1am. I later joined them at 2am. It shows they are hard working.

What about the artistes you featured?
P Square is there. Faze, Lord of Ajasa, Terry G, Olamide and other artistes in the album.

There was a time it was everywhere that you had a rift with your label, Edlyne. What is the relationship currently?
Edlyne Records has been there. It’s signed the likes of Late Dagrin, D J Zeez and others. The truth is L K T is under Edlyne Records. We don’t have any issue. What we just deliberate on was the video we wanted to shoot. It was an in-house issue. There is no rift between L K T and Edlyne Records. My boss based in U K but I’m in Nigeria. We communicate every time.
You are handsome, lots of ladies would always surround you, tell us about your love life?
Ladies are part of showbiz. They are inevitable. Even when I record in the studio, I allow few of my female friends to listen to my songs. They always come around and tell me what they thing about my songs.

How did you get the inspiration for your smash hit, Alaye?
Alaye came about when I and my brother, Puffy Tee, were in the studio working with Young D. And after recording about four songs with Young D, I asked him to give me a standard beat and he did and I had to do something good with it and what I did was Alaye and everybody loved it.

What is Alaye all about?
Alaye is like your personal person, someone you look up to, like your boss, you know. And I’m very happy with it because it’s a big song just like my Follow Follow featuring P-Square so it means I’m moving forward in my career.

What has it done for you?
It has done a lot for me. It’s the reason I’m being hosted here at Industry Nite (last Wednesday). They’ve wanted to host me since last year but I told them that I expect Industry Nite to bring together people like Kennis Muisc, those that own record labels, marketers and industry people in general so we can sit down and interact on how we can move our industry forward, since it’s Industry Nite. I told them it’s not about performances, we’ll do the performances, but let us talk to the marketers, the producers like Don Jazzy and Puffy Tee, Kennis Music, everybody should sit down at a round table and discuss on how we can make money. Apart from we doing shows, how do we make money? So they told me I shouldn’t worry, that they are working on it, that everything will be fine, that definitely they want to do that, but that when they want to do a big event, that’s when they will call everybody.
Since you blew with Yahoozee some years ago, everyone has been expecting your album. When is it coming?
I have a lot of songs I’ve recorded so I have more than even an album with me right now. The point is that I’m not listening to just an album, I’m listening to like 35 songs when I’m dropping just a 15-track album featuring the likes of 9ice, Jaywon, Vector, Olamide, PSquare and so many others.

When will it be drop?
It comes out this month, July, because I’m going on an European tour, so I have to drop it for my fans before I travel out. It’s called The Journey and it’s all about my journey so far from the past to the present and then the future.

Having been in the industry for several years, who can you say has been of the most help to you?
Everybody. Everybody that’s been close to me and that I’ve been close to. Because there’s something about me, the way I work, I move close to a lot of people to ask them how did you do this or that? It’s not easy for the likes of P-Square, Timaya, 2face, 9ice to still be there after so many years, and they are still there and doing good, so I work with and I move close to everybody that has been in that top, I speak with them, relax with them, ask them what do you think I should do, what is the next move, what is the way forward, what do you think of my music, what do you think of my style? And the style is so good. You can see everybody’s doing it. The likes of BrymO, Wi z k i d , they are tapping one or t w o t h i n g s f r o m fuji music. So every-body’s do–ing it and it makes m e happy.

Is it true you had to change to fuji style to sell yourself ?
No. I started with fuji music, but 15, 20 years ago, people used to look at fuji as very crass, so I had to blend hip-hop and R&B into it. And when I was to be on a gospel song that was supposed to have Dekunle Fuji and he wasn’t around, I did my fuji hip-hop thing in it. The second time I did it was in Yahoozee and it brought me to limelight with Puffy Tee and Olu Maintain.

Many years after Yahoozee and the widely known problems you had with Olu Maintain, what is your relationship with him now?
Yeah, we are still cool. The last time we were together was at Encomium Black and White Ball. He hugged me, h e ’ s doing g o o d , he and P u f f y Tee too are still have a good relationship. A lot of people are challenging why I don’t have him on my album, and I tell them that when the time comes, we’ll certainly work together again.

What are your plans?
I see myself having my own record label and doing talent hunts all over Nigeria and Africa because upcoming artists call me every day in need of help and I really want to help them.

How would you advice an upcoming artist so he can become successful like you?
You can’t be LKT oh, you have to be yourself. The most important thing is you have to be yourself and be original in whatever you are doing and be good in what you’re doing and be very prayerful.

Wande Coal, Timaya, Mr Raw, Kcee and Naeto C Confirm Plans to Invade Aba July 7

Kcee at the Star Music Trek Festac 2013
Headline acts, Timaya, Wande Coal, Kcee, Naeto C and other supporting stars have confirmed plans to invade Aba, Abia state on July 7 for the fifth leg of Star Music Trek.
This weekend’s concert which will hold at Recreation Center Aba also features another star-studded line up similar to its Enugu offering. Wande Coal, Timaya, Mr Raw, Kcee and Naeto C have assured Aba fans of rich music, riveting performances, sensational gift items and unique opportunities to meet and greet the stars.

Last weekend the popular concert tour had visited Enugu, drawing thousands of excited music fans to Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium at the city center for a night of extravagant entertainment.
A surprise guest appearance from artiste turned politician, Tony One Week, added to the excitement of the night with many catching a rare glimpse of the ‘Gyration’ crooner for the first time in many years when he stepped on stage during Mr Raw’s performance to the delight of the crowd.

Timaya who will perform for the first time on ‘The Trek 2013’ says ‘looking forward to seeing all my fans in Aba. This has to be one of the highlights of the year as I’m all out to see that my fans are really entertained and enjoy themselves.”
Black Diamond, Wande Coal who has been enjoying rave reviews with his hit singles ‘Rotate’ and ‘The Kick’ is asking of only one thing from music lovers Aba. If you appreciate great music, then I look forward to seeing you there. It’s the biggest concert in aba in 2013 and you don’t want to miss it!

The 10 week music tour has visited FESTAC, Lokoja, Owerri and Enugu bringing thousands of music fans from different cities to selected venues across the country.
Star Music Trek will also visit Nnewi, Asaba, Abeokuta, Agege and Surulere.
The Trek ends on August 10, 2013 with a Grand Finale at the National Stadium, Surulere in Lagos.

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Olu Maintain Features Olivia, Fatman Scoop in New Singles


Few days after winning Best Reggae Video of The Year at the just concluded Nigeria Music
Video Awards (NMVA) with the artistic NAWTI video, multiple awards winning
artiste, Olumide Adegbulu popularly known as Olu Maintain has released two new
songs featuring two popular America artistes, Olivia and Fatman Scoop.

Olu indeed had an eventful 2012. His last single, NAWTI was one of the most popular songs
of 2012. The song won him several awards including Best Video of The Year at
the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in New-York and Best Reggae/Dancehall Video of
the year at Nigeria Music Video Awards. And now, Olu is sure ready for greater
exploits in 2013 with the release of two songs in the beginning of 2013.
The two songs are titled Hypnotize and Oya
Dancia. Hypnotizeis a well crafted melodious song
with well arranged strings and horns that will mesmerize first listeners. The smooth
vocal delivery of Olu and Olivia on the song makes it a classic collaboration
and one of the songs that will rule the airwaves in 2013. Oya Dancia is a party starter and definitely one of the songs to rule the parties in 2013. The DJs definitely can’t resist the influenece
of Fatman Scoop on the song.

With these new songs, Olu is sure ready to start his career in
2013 on a very high note. Speaking
concerning the new songs, Olu said it is high time he dropped something new. “It
is a public knowledge that NAWTI was well accepted and even till now, the song
is still in hot demand. I’ve been getting lots of calls and messages from
friends and fans asking me when am I releasing my next singles and I thank them
all for the love. The two songs I’m releasing now are part of the songs on my
album titled Choosen One and I’m very sure lots of people will enjoy it as much
as they enjoyed NAWTI. It is better way to start 2013”.

A day after winning NMVA Best Reggae Video of the Year in Lagos on December 20, 2012, Olu Maintain
made an appearance at the EME Baddest Concert on December 21. While performing
Big Boy with Banky W, a song originally written by eLDee Da Don featuring both
artistes, the crowd went wild for Olu and eventually requested that he
performed Nawti. The performance of Nawti was described by all as one of the
major high points of the evening. Being the first major performance of the song
since its release, the crowd, especially the ladies took out time to dance to
the melodious rhythm of the song. And being a versatile artiste, Olu didn’t fail
to impress with his stage craft.

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