Jùjú is a style of Nigerian popular music, derived from traditional Yoruba percussion.
In contrast to Fuji Music and the rest, Juju music has endured hugely throughout the years. Jùjú is an unavoidable classification of Music among Yoruba clan in spite of the ascent sought after of hip-jump and Afro-Pop. The name comes from the Yoruba word “juju” or “jiju” signifying “tossing” or “something being tossed”.
It advanced during the 1920s in metropolitan clubs across the nations, and was accepted to have been made by AbdulRafiu Babatunde King, famously known as Tunde King. The first jùjú chronicles were by Tunde King and Ojoge Daniel from a similar time of the 1920s when Tunde King spearheaded it. The lead and transcendent instrument of jùjú is the Iya Ilu, talking drum.
Some jùjú performers were vagrant, including early pioneers Ojoge Daniel, Irewole Denge and the “visually impaired singer” Kokoro. Afro-juju is a style of Nigerian famous music, a combination of jùjú music and Afrobeat. Its most acclaimed example was Shina Peters, who was mainstream to the point that the press called the marvel “Shinamania”. Afro-juju’s pinnacle of ubiquity came in the mid 1990s.
Investigating Juju music of late, it is glaring that the class is going towards eradication, not very many more youthful contemporary specialists are performing Juju and those falling into these classifications are generally gospel craftsman which makes it viewed as a gospel music kind instead of worldwide sound as it used to be numerous years back.
To dive further into Juju music and its difficulties, we have in the house, the King himself, King Sunny Ade.
Welcome to FreshNewCut Sir!
It’s my pleasure, I like it around here, Honestly. (Grinning… )
To numerous that didn’t know you sir!, Who are you, what do you do and where are you from?.
I’m Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye expertly known as King Sunny Adé, I’m a Nigerian jùjú vocalist, musician and multi-instrumentalist, brought into the world on 22nd September 1946, in Osogbo to a Nigerian imperial family from Ondo and Akure, making me a ruler (Omoba) of Ondo realm. My dad was a congregation organist, while my mom, Maria Adegeye (née Adesida), was a merchant. As an individual from the Adesida tradition, my mom’s family members incorporated her dad Oba Adesida I (who controlled Akure for a very long time).
I left syntax school in Ondo City under the misrepresentation of going to the University of Lagos. It was accordingly in Lagos that my inconsistent melodic vocation started.
How is your excursion as a Juju craftsman?
Well!, this is an exceptionally basic perceptible inquiry however extremely complex to reply.
To God be the wonder, I’m not the originator of Juju music but rather I’ve figured out how to accomplish a ton with the assistance of god-like God, whom has been there with me from starting and still been there for me and my musicians till date. My melodic sound developed from the beginning of music, acting, satire and fun with the late Moses Olaiya’s (Baba Sala) Federal Rhythm Dandies, a highlife band. Where I was until I structure my own band, The Green Spots, in 1967. Throughout the long term, for different reasons going from changes in my music to business concerns, I changed my band’s name a few times, first to African Beats and afterward to Golden Mercury.
I was impacted by Juju pioneers like AbdulRafiu Babatunde King (Tunde King), Ojoge Daniel, Irewole Denge, Tunde Nightingale and the “visually impaired singer” Kokoro. I acquired complex components from Tunde Nightingale’s ‘So wa nbe’ style of juju, upgraded it with unfamiliar percussion and the rest is history.
What is your assessment on the territory of Juju music, Then and Now?
Thinking once more into Nigerian music classifications when all is said in done, clearly we are not advancing in protecting our own special music and culture which Juju isn’t an exemption, I will utilize my experience for instance.
As I said before on, I received my style of music from Tunde Nightingale whom turns out to be a juju artist, however never do I attempt to redirect crowd consideration from Juju music by giving my interesting style a name, yet rather I center and name my collections to be more in vogue, dynamic, alluring and ethically solid.
During the 1970s and 1980s I left on a visit to America and Europe. My show was described by adroit moving advances and dominance of the guitar. After over a time of reverberating achievement in Nigeria, I was gotten to extraordinary recognition in Europe and North America in 1982. The worldwide arrival of Juju Music and its going with visit was “collectively embraced by pundits (if not buyers) all over the place”. I was depicted in The New York Times as “one of the world’s incredible band pioneers”, in Record as “a much needed refresher, a good vibration we will feel for quite a while to come” and in Trouser Press as “perhaps the most enrapturing and significant melodic specialists anyplace on the planet” At that point on schedule, I was loaded up proudly.
Be that as it may, presently, things have changed massively. Impending specialists has almost no regard for pioneers in the business. The pardon they gave at whatever point you attempt to dole out retributions with them is that I do a brand of Juju and not that of another Juju craftsman been a pioneer or not, they are less concerned.
As I would see it, I think everything began after any semblance of Sir Shina Peters, Dayo Kujore, Admiral Dele Abiodun, etc began the pattern of naming their style of juju music individually, going from Afro-Juju, Swing-Paw-Paw, etc.
After the rule of any semblance of Shina Peters, Juju music was confused and furthermore distorted because of absence of checks and equilibrium as it was during our own season of recording manages unfamiliar possessed marks. After the demise of Bob Marley, Island Records started searching for another third world craftsman to put on its agreement, while Fela Kuti had quite recently been endorsed by Arista Records. Maker Martin Meissonier acquainted me with Chris Blackwell, prompting the arrival of my collection “Juju Music” in 1982. While doing what needs to be done, Robert Palmer at first elevate my music to Island’s consideration, his commonality being from his life on Malta during the 60s tuning in to African Radio and Armed Forces Radio where my music stuck consistently. I acquired a wide crowds following with this collection and I was before long charged as “the African Bob Marley” a title I genuinely disdain.
As I’ve said that severally in various meetings, I would not permit Island to intrude with my sytheses and over-Europeanise and Americanise my Juju music were the reasons why Island records at that point chose to look somewhere else.
Presently! Each one of those account marks and studios has left and the world is going towards computerized studios where waxing and practices are not any more obligatory, Instrumentalists and percussionists are excessive, everybody is a maker, all in an edge of a room, blast! Collection is prepared.
Thinking about the expense of simple studio meeting and band upkeep, genuine and impending specialists thinks that its hard to ascend as a juju craftsman, and since any semblance of me and Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi is a Christian and has had various Christian arranged tracks in our documents, gospel specialists has received the class throughout the long term and has captured it to be a Christian stylized type which numerous individuals entered into and is likely not going to be viewed as a kind without ancestral or strict tinge.
Along these lines, What’s the arrangement ?
We need to meet up and bind together Juju music. We need to support the youthful ones from the degree of creation, recording, after creation to collection dispatching. Craftsmen need to know the historical backdrop of the class they decide to play out, the dos and don’t dos, despite the fact that there is enormous space for test and freestyling in other to accomplish trendy sound and inventiveness.
Juju artists need to return to simple account and practices ought to be support. Financial backers ought to be urging to sign and oversee Juju specialists without encroaching craftsmen’s copyrights. Lawful professionals. Lamentably, Nigeria legitimate system and laws doesn’t center and battle for diversion financial backers and specialists, an awful circumstance for Nigerian performers, incredibly individuals actually put resources into amusement in spite of the defects. Juju craftsmen ought to be presented to music business, lawful rights and the need of an attorney prior to marking contracts with any individual, name or show advertiser.
Furthermore, in particular, worth and regard yourself, associates and fans. It helps a ton.
How is your relationship with Evangelist Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi as of now?
(Grins… ) Wonderful!
I sense your assumption past the inquiry you posed however it has been marvelous been a craftsman of his time, yes! we went after one another in tunes to ask our fans separately, yet! I do play his melodies at whatever point I’m unwinding at home which he similarly said he generally do. That is another region I need impending specialists to take a gander at and imitate, On 16 July 2017, I declared that I will be getting back to organize in London close by with my then opponent juju performer, Ebenezer Obey for a melodic rebound themed “A Night 2 Remember with the Legends” it was an astounding show and get-together. That occurred after arrangement of appreciation from both side, while fans analyze us expertly, we both beginning tuning in to one another’s tracks and wishing we could disclose to one another the amount we love each other’s melodies, however it’s outlandish because of fans pressing factor and pundits suppositions. To God be the brilliance, presently we not, at this point needed to dread of losing anything in our profession as a craftsman, so we accepted the open door to see the value in one another.
At whatever point I had occasions, particularly in case I’m giving my girls delivers marriage, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey use to be the dad of the day, I couldn’t say whether you’ve observer one yourself. It has been a sweet relationship from there on melodic battles, I for one say thanks to God for our lives, genuinely.
A debt of gratitude is in order for visiting us at FreshNewCut Sir!.
It’s my pleasure.
Together at FreshNewCut, we say thank you!, Peace we are out.