Fuji music took centre stage at the maiden edition of Fuji: A Opera, pioneering Fuji founders such as General Ayinla Kollington, K1 De Ultimate and other icons were present to celebrate Fuji at the commencement of the week-long spectacle in Lagos.
Fuji: A Opera explored the music genre and its sub-culture through archive footage, costume, memorabilia, and imagery. The multi-platform exhibition also showcased an awe-inspiring futuristic presentation of Fuji, to promote a more positive contemporary image of the indigenous multi-genre fusion locally and globally.
The highlight of the exhibition was Thursday’s moderated talk panel with King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, exploring the past, present and future of Fuji music.
The legendary Fuji singer took the audience through the rich and colourful history of the musical genre which he expressed to be one that is rooted in philosophy, activism, artistic virtuosity and also needs reinvention.
During the two-hour lecture moderated by Lehle Balde and Yemi Shodimu, KWAM 1 took the audience down memory lane.
He said, ”Fuji music has become globally accepted. I’ve performed in world-rated concerts in the U.S., France, England, and many other countries. We’ve presented Fuji music at international musical expositions and festivals”.
”Fuji is now big business and should therefore be taken seriously. I look forward to the younger generation embracing Fuji music, expressing themselves through it as we did, and also birthing a successful livelihood from it.”
In his closing remarks, the creator of Fuji: A Opera, Bobo Omotayo, said, he hopes to connect Fuji with its existing audience and a new generation ”by revitalising and re-imagining Fuji music with a futuristic approach”.
He added, ”The timeless features of Fuji music have become a reference for contemporary Nigerian pop music, and we ought to preserve it.”