It’s time we pass the Fuji mic to younger generation – Pasuma

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In today’s world, it is glaring that rich music, culture and acts are heading towards extinction, a worrisome circumstance which no one seems to care about nor strive to fix.

To many, music is music; in as much as people dance to it and artist make some money off it. That’s the reality in a situation whereby both upcoming act and established artists, all hunted to be the pick of the moment by mixing their indigenous valued music with western music percussion. Which usually results to mayhem between artists locally, in claiming who form a style of music and who’s not the originator.

While addressing such impractical issues, the rich value music such as Highlife, Fuji, Goje, Afrobeat, Swanje, Sakara, Waka, Igbo Music and so forth were diluted to be known as a funky pop style of music which makes the genres “fake” uncultured and less valued in the eyes of the westerners and beyond.

To Take a look into this challenging issue and how it affects one of the most selling Nigeria music genre “Fuji Music”, we have with us one of the most successful Fuji artist Wasiu Alabi Pasuma also known as “Oganla one”

Interviewer:
Welcome to FreshNewCut Sir!

Pasuma:
Thanks for hosting me. (Laughing…)

Interviewer:
Can we know more about you Sir.

Pasuma:
My names are Wasiu Ajibola Alabi Pasuma. I was born in November 27, 1967 in Mushin, Lagos, Nigeria. Although, I was raised in Kwara State, by my mother. the rest is history into my career back in Lagos.

Interviewer:
What is your opinion on the state of Fuji music and musician today ?

Pasuma:
First and foremost, I want to take this opportunity to thank Almighty Allah, for making me a notable person in this profession to the point of you asking me this serious, sensible and fragile question concerning Fuji music. “Thank you God”.

Hhmmm!. My opinion is much but I will like to mix it with the facts because it is obvious that our time is vanishing out of the system and if nothing is done to encourage the younger ones, Fuji music will definitely be misrepresented and will surely get out of the scene, that’s for sure.

I’ve been thinking about solutions to this problem lately, before I later realize the fact that I’m also guilty of the practices that overpower Fuji Music qualities and prowess. For example, I’m a recording label boss “Wasba Records” a recording label responsible for my recent singles which costs more in terms of featuring and time.

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I see a need to that project because I believe large volume of persons are listening to Afro-pop music which I considered popular, since I want to recon with today’s taste of sound, demand and of cause to make myself relevant among younger folks. In the project I featured Davido, Olamide, Phyno, Tiwa Savage, 9ice, Q-dot, Oritse Femi, Patoranking and Lil Kesh.

Gradually, both established Fuji artists and upcoming acts were raving toward the trend and converting to Afro-Pop artist rather than pursuing their career as a Fuji artist. In a world where they will admire to be Wizkid, Olamide or Tiwa Savage and not Pasuma, Osupa, Queen Salawa Abeni or K1 De Ultimate. It’s disturbing.

Interviewer:
Are you saying you will not do singles anymore or feature any Afro-Pop artist in the feature.

Pasuma:
No, not at all. What I’m saying is, I will rather sing and promote Fuji music in such collaboration than me trying to sound like R&B artist or something. If you remember vividly I started this Afro-Pop featuring stuff, back then when I featured Eedris Abdukareem in my earlier record “Ligali”. It was an amazing collaboration till date. At some point the stuff is raving and I’ve been getting featuring in some Christian gospel records as well. I think that’s the way to go, especially for those of us that has achieved one thing or another in this Fuji part, we have little or nothing to lose in order to revive Fuji music glory.

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Interviewer:
So, What’s the solution ?

Pasuma:
I think, oh! Sorry! I don’t think, I knew that the only way forward now is to “pass the mic to the younger generation” in the raw way it has been from the beginning, that’s the rich sound and custom the foreigners wish they own and modernize. Collectively, we should encourage, invest our money, resources and time to modernize Fuji music. Fuji music can be recorded and promoted as singles just like Afro-Pop music, it should be recorded between 5 – 8 mins. of play and not of those days of Side-A, Side-B.

You will see many people trooping into Fuji music once again and surely they will want to produce danceable track “Alujo” within the short approved recording time-frame which will make it rivalry with Afro-Pop and Djs will love to mix it in their recording mixes.

Interviewer:
Are you saying, there is going to be a governing body ?

Pasuma:
Yes of course, but not mandatory. Together we will be having yearly Fuji summit and awards. It could be of a private organization, Fuji artists’ association or stakeholders, something like Headies awards. No one will be compelled to do Fuji music the way we authenticate it but you’ll have to do it the way we lined it to be if you’re admiring to be recognized in the summits and awards.

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Interviewer:
What are you doing in your part to kick-start the initiative Sir!.

Pasuma:
As far as Fuji is concern, I’m investing millions of naira into this directive because it costs more to record in an analogue studio than digital, I will be signing more Fuji talented artists than Afro-Pop and cater for their studio sessions and promotions via my recording label Wasba Records.

Interviewer:
It’s our pleasure meeting you Mr. Wasiu Alabi Pasuma.

Pasuma:
Thanks for having me, I’m glad to see this nice faces, you guys are great, God bless you.

Interviewer:
Peace we are out.

Sit back, relax, dance and download some of his music.


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