P.M. News (Lagos)

20 August 1999

Africa: Artiste Of The Week

Lagos — Adewale Ayuba: Seeking Recognition For Fuji Music In December 1998, the Bubble Master, Adewale Ayuba returned from a 4-year sojourn in the United States of America where he said he had gone to seek foreign recognition for fuji music.

While in America he signed a recording deal with Qubadisc Records, a subsidiary of Island Records. Then he released his first CD titled Fuji Time into the American market. Before coming back to Nigeria in 1998, he sent home an album titled Move Up which was released by a Lagos-based recording company, Lati Alagbada and Sons.

To seek more recognition for fuji music, he released Acceleration recently on Corporate Pictures Music label and he is currently working on the video clip of the album. This is due for release any moment from now.

After a little disagreement with his former mentor and landlord of his fun spot, Tunde Debasco Holiday Inn, (Otunba Tunde Debasco), Ayuba shelved the idea of starting a weekly gig at the holiday inn.

He now holds a weekly (Friday) gig at Water Parks, Toyin Street.

"Holding a weekly gig is my way of spreading the gospel according to St. Fuji music," he said.

Adewale Ayuba, the original Mr. Johnson was born as Adewale Ayuba Saliu Okeola in March 1965 at Ikenne Remo, Ogun State, his home town.

An alumnus of Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Ikenne and Remo School, Shagamu where he sat for his WAEC/GCE. He had his tertiary education at the Ogun State Polytechnic where he pursued his first love and burning desire to become a musician of note.

Although Ayuba has been singing form childhood, (at the age of 10), he began to play music as a professional when he teamed up with a friend called Sunday. They jointly formed a group called Sunny-Ayuba Fuji band which did not last for long. He however ultimately went solo and formed a band called Adewale Ayuba and his Future Fuji Stars (FFS).

In 1985, he left Ikenne for Lagos. Between 1987 and 1990, he released five albums which however did not make much impact.

Stardom smiled at him in 1991 when he released Bubble which was produced by Laolu Akins on Sony Music and Entertainment label. Within six months, the album had topped the charts and ruled the airwaves of major radio stations across the nation.

The album won him Fame Music Awards (FMA) Best Fuji Artiste of the Year and Nigeria Music Awards (NMA) Best Fuji Artiste of the year, Best Album of the year and Best All-Round Artiste of the year.

Adewale Ayuba has a unique talent, epitomised in his exotic dance steps and vocal dexterity.

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