Ayinde Barrister

Sikiru Ololade Ayinde Balogun, MFR, (February 9, 1948 – December 16, 2010) better known by his stage name Ayinde Barrister was a Nigerian-born Yoruba singer-songwriter and music performer.[1] He is regarded as a pioneer of Fuji and Wéré music.[2][3] After his first break into music in 1965, Ayinde Barrister went on to release over 70 studio albums.[4]

Sikiru Ayinde Barrister

Sikiru Ololade Ayinde Balogun

(1948-02-09)February 9, 1948
DiedDecember 16, 2010(2010-12-16) (aged 62)
St. Mary's Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Burial placeIsolo, Lagos State, Nigeria
Known forRevolution of Fuji and Were music
ChildrenBarry Showkey, Barry Jhay
Musical career
Also known asAlhaji Agba
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, entertainer
Years active1965–2010
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Ayinde Barrister was born on 9 February 1948, to the family of Salawu Balogun who was a trader from Ibadan,and his father was a butcher.


He had his early education at Muslim Mission School and the Model School, Mushin, Lagos. He later studied typing and other commercial related classes at Yaba Polytechnic.


Ayinde Barrister started playing music at a young age as an ajiwere singer during the period of Ramadan; he continued playing music in between various jobs. He worked as a typist for Nigerian Breweries and was later enlisted as a clerk in the Nigerian Army during the Nigeria Civil War.[5] He served in the 10th Brigade of the 2nd Division of the Nigerian Army under Col Adeniran and fought in Awka, Abagana and Onitsha. On his return from the war, he was posted to the Army Signals Headquarters, Apapa and later to the Army Resettlement Centre, Oshodi. He left the army to become a full-time musician and proceeded to start a full-fledged band of 34 percussionists and vocalists called the "Supreme Fuji Commanders".[5]

Music careerEdit

In 1966, Ayinde Barrister released his first LP record. During the time, he usually played with his band at events around Ebute Meta and Lagos mostly to Muslim clients. He released further records under the label African Songs Ltd before starting his own label Siky-Oluyole Records. Among the LP's released under African songs is Bisimilahi (1977) and Ile Aiye Dun Pupo/Love In Tokyo (India Sound) (1976). By the early 1980s, Ayinde Barrister and Fuji music had become accepted by all religions in the country. He went on to record various albums including Iwa (1982), Nigeria (1983), Fuji Garbage (1988) and New Fuji Garbage (1993) under his imprint. He had a popular record titled Reality (2004). He had a bitter feud with another Fuji singer, Kollington Ayinla in 1982.

Ayinde Barrister had a couple of successful shows in London in 1990 and 1993 performing what later became known as the Fuji Garbage sound.[6]

Musical StyleEdit

His Fuji Music is a blend of earlier traditional musical genres of Apala, Sakara, Awurebe and others. With Fuji Music, Barrister revolutionized traditional Yoruba music while still projecting traditional values of good behaviour, respect for elders and the struggles against life's forces. He often used his music as a tool of commentary on issues of national concern, especially, politics. He was blessed in the art of praising enigmatic.


Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister earned so many notable awards during his lifetime and music career however the most significant is the conferment of the honor of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) by the then President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2006, President Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo. The honour is believed to be based on his album Precaution released in 1995, the record that detailed the whole issues confronting Nigeria as a nation and possible solutions to the National problems. In 1983, he was awarded a honorary PhD in Music at the City University of Los Angeles [7]

Selected discographyEdit

  • Ejeka Gbo T’Olorun (7″; Niger Songs ??) (1966)
  • Vol.1: Waya Rabi
  • Vol.2: Alayinde Ma De O
  • Vol.3: Mecca Special
  • Vol.4: Itan Anobi Rasao
  • Vol.5: E Sa Ma Mi Lengbe
  • Vol.6: Ori Mi Ewo Ninse / Majority Boy (1975)
  • Vol.7: Ile Aiye Dun Pupo / Love In Tokyo (India Sound) (1975)
  • Vol.8: Fuji Exponent (1976)
  • Vol.9
  • Vol. 10 (African Songs, 1977)
  • Bisimilai (African Songs, 1977)
  • Omo Nigeria (African Songs, 1977)
  • Olojo Eni Mojuba (Siky Oluyole, 1978)
  • Our Late Artistes (Siky Oluyole, 1978)
  • London Special (Siky Oluyole, 1979)
  • Fuji Reggae Series 2 (Siky Oluyole, 1979)
  • Eyo Nbo Anobi (Siky Oluyole, 1979)
  • Awa O Ja (Siky Oluyole, 1979)
  • Fuji Disco (Siky Oluyole, 1980)
  • Oke Agba (Siky Oluyole, 1980)
  • Aiye (Siky Oluyole, 1980)
  • Family Planning (Siky Oluyole, 1981)
  • Suru Baba Iwa (Siky Oluyole, 1981)
  • Ore Lope (Siky Oluyole, 1981)
  • E Sinmi Rascality (Siky Oluyole, 1982)
  • Iwa (Siky Oluyole, 1982)
  • Ise Logun Ise (No More War) (Siky Oluyole, 1982)
  • Eku Odun (Siky Oluyole, 1982)
  • Ijo Olomo (Siky Oluyole, 1983)
  • Nigeria (Siky Oluyole, 1983)
  • Love (Siky Oluyole, 1983)
  • Barry Special (Siky Oluyole, 1983)
  • Military (Siky Oluyole, 1984)
  • Appreciation (Siky Oluyole, 1984)
  • Fuji Vibration 84/85 (Siky Oluyole, 1984)
  • Destiny (Siky Oluyole, 1985)
  • Superiority (Siky Oluyole, 1985)
  • Fertiliser (Siky Oluyole, 1985)
  • Okiki (Siky Oluyole, 1986)
  • Inferno(Siky Oluyole, 1996)
  • America Special (Siky Oluyole, 1986)
  • Ile Aye Ogun (Siky Oluyole, 1987)
  • Maturity (Siky Oluyole, 1987)
  • Barry Wonder (Siky Oluyole, 1987)
  • Wonders At 40 (Siky Oluyole, 1987)
  • Fuji Garbage (Siky Oluyole, 1988)
  • Fuji Garbage Series II (Siky Oluyole, 1988)
  • Current Affairs (Siky Oluyole, 1989)
  • Fuji Garbage Series III (Siky Oluyole, 1989)
  • Music Extravaganza (Siky Oluyole, 1990)
  • Fuji Waves (Siky Oluyole, 1991)
  • Fantasia Fuji (Siky Oluyole, 1991)
  • Fuji Explosion (Siky Oluyole, 1992)
  • Dimensional Fuji (Siky Oluyole, 1993)
  • New Fuji Garbage (Siky Oluyole, 1993)
  • The Truth (Siky Oluyole, 1994)
  • Precaution (Siky Oluyole, 1995)
  • Olympics Atlanta ’96 cassette (Siky Oluyole, 1996)
  • Olympics ’96 London Version cassette (Zmirage Productions, 1997)
  • with Queen Salawa Abeni Evening Of Sound cassette (Zmirage Productions, 1997)
  • Barry On Stage cassette (Siky Oluyole, 1997)
  • Mr. Fuji (Barry Black, 1998)
  • "Millennium Stanza" (Fuji Chambers, 2000)
  • "Controversy" (2005)
  • ' REALITY ' ( 2008).
  • Superiority


  1. ^ Daniel Miller (1995). Worlds Apart: Modernity Through the Prism of the Local. Psychology Press. pp. 244–. ISBN 978-0-415-10789-1.
  2. ^ Paul 'Wale Ademowo (1 January 1993). The History of Fuji Music in Nigeria. Effective Publishers. ISBN 978-978-32208-0-5.
  3. ^ Paul Wale Ademowo (1996). The King of Fuji Music: Dr. Wasiu Ayinde Anifowoshe Marshal. Effective Publishers. ISBN 978-978-32208-9-8.
  4. ^ Abulude, Samuel (18 February 2015). "State Of Fuji Music After Ayinde Barrister's Exit". Leadership Newspaper. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b Olaseinde Lawson. Drum (Nigeria), September. P. 40
  6. ^ "Barrister." Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed. Ed. Colin Larkin. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 5 Feb. 2016
  7. ^ "Sikiru Ayinde Barrister Mr Fuji - the unforgettable pioneer of Fuji". The Cable. Dec 16, 2016.


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