The old rivalry among Fuji musicians will soon be a thing of the past as Ibadan-based singing sensation Taye Adebisi Akande popularly known by the stage name Taiye Currency has declared his intention to unite the arrowheads at the forefront of the dispute.
This revelation came while Taiye Currency was performing at the semifinals of the Ariya Repete 2018 at the National Stadium, Lagos last weekend, where he said he has since adopted Fuji exponent said Saheed Osupa as his father and Wasiu Alabi Pasuma with whom Saheed Osupa believed to be in contention with as his older brother. He also told reporters that he holds both as his mentors. To this end, he hopes to end their age-long rivalry.
It will be recalled that Osupa and Pasuma have always been in contention of who deserves to be called the King of Fuji music, a title which the latter has always laid claims to. This claim has in the past pitched most of the Fuji musicians as well as their fans against one another.
With this latest effort by Taye Currency, it is hoped that the age-long rivalry among the frontline fuji musicians and long-awaited peace will reign among the musicians in the Fuji genre.
Ariya Repete is an annual talent hunt organised by Goldberg Lager Beer, the initiative seeks to discover young talents in the Yoruba traditional music including Fuji and Juju genres. Auditions started on March 13 in Ado-Ekiti, Sango-Ota and across eight cities in Nigeria.
The contestant who have qualified for the finals includes Ayegbayo Oluwaseun, Bukola Ahmed, Ode Ayomide,Abiola Oloto, Asafa Oluwanisola, Wale Crown Femi Bright Ayotunde, Saheed Akande, Muhammed Adewale Sualimaon Ajao. The Drummers Group includes Ifesowapo, Sakuba, Oludare, Igabiwase, Bata of Africa, Eniafe.
They will be meeting in Ibadan for the grand finale of Ariya Repete 2018 scheduled to hold at the Trans Amusement Park in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on May 11, 2017 where the winners of fuji and juju categories will win a cash prize of 2 million naira each while the winner of the drum and dance wins one million naira only.
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