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David Byrne Presents: Fuji!

David Byrne Presents: Fuji!

Playing tracks by

Chief Dr Sikuru Ayinde Barrister, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal 1, Chief (Dr.) Sikiro Ayinde Barrrister and Kwam 1.

Chart positions

This show was 1st in the global afrobeat chart.

Fuji is a genre of Nigerian music that really exploded there in the 80s. It emerged as a commercial version of music used to wake up Yoruba Muslims during the fasting of Ramadan.

The first song I ever heard in this genre was "Fuji Garbage," which is great and has some amazing lap steel playing—something the highlife bands and jùjú musicians like King Sunny Adé have too. Very cool and incredibly fast!

The songs are LONG—as long as 28 minutes—and have great topical titles: "Current Affairs," "Psychology," "Democracy," "Family Planning," "Questionnaire." I'm jealous of these song titles. Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, considered the creator of Fuji music, gave the genre its name after seeing a travel poster for Japan featuring Mount Fuji—which he deemed the pinnacle, the top, the highest.



Matthew Rudolph

Very diggable

Piet Nieuwland

I love this, keeping lively

Myke Vince
Myke Vince

Experienced this way back when ! What a sound X

Jo Carr
Jo Carr

Loving your friends David! 🤗