The Moment (London)

7 September 2011

Nigeria: Music Lovers Gather for Rolling Dollar at 85

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Fatai Olagunju

THE Lagos music community, friends and family will gather on Sunday, September 18, at Stadium Hotel, Surulere, Lagos, to celebrate a veteran of the highlife genre of music, Fatai Rolling Dollar, as he celebrates his 85th birthday.

The highlife legend, who is still fathering babies, will also use the occasion to relive his experiences. Unarguably one of the oldest performing musicians in Africa, Rolling Dollar will have his special day on stage to mark the best of the day's celebrations.

Highlife music legend, Victor Olaiya, and Dejumo Lewis of popular 1980s TV programme The Village Headmaster fame, said preparations to make the day memorable have reached high points.

They hope that things would go as planned for the special day when they would celebrate Rolling Dollar. Fans will also be thrilled with the best of highlife music, as it is from the cradle of the masters.

Born on July 22, 1926 to the family of late Chief Ola- gunju in Ede, Osun State, Fatai Olayiwola Olagunju, aka Fatai Rolling Dollar, started his music career in 1953.

He has trained many professional musicians, such as Evangelist Ebenezer Obey, late Dr. Orlando Owoh, Bob Aladeniyi and a host of others.

Rolling Dollar has played music throughout his life and has travelled to Europe, America and other parts of the world, preaching the gospel of music.

Today, Rolling Dollar is the oldest musician still playing active music at the age of 85. He is one of the pioneers of the Juju music genre in Nigeria.

Years back, it seemed like Rolling Dollar was in the twilight of his career, but he took many by surprise when he bounced back with his hit song, Won kere si number wa, which became the anthem of many music lovers.

A father to 15 children already, Rolling Dollar, recently welcomed child number 16, is set to wed his associate, Bunmi Akinbo.

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