Album Review

Barrister, Sikiru Ayinde and His Supreme Fuji Commanders – “Iwa” – [Klimt]

Thurston Hunger   12/14/2011   12-inch, International

Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Ololade Balogun, who passed away just last year around
this time, recorded this album originally??back in 1982. Alhaji Agba championed
his brand of percussion heavy??and Yoruba style song-chant as “Fuji music”
citing the Japanese Mt. Fuji as landmark of love. This album is mesmerizing
in his deep voice with deeper reverb, and then sometimes augmented by some
of his Fuji commanders voices. Every once in a while, a trumpet trickles into the mix, with a sort of take on “Taps” or similar notes. Each side keeps rolling
with no break despite distinct songs worked in, so I think this was just??one or
two tremendous trippy takes.??The flip side features some English on “Fuji
Americano” but hearing a sample of the title track is what told me I had to get
this record for KFJC.??Other later works of his had more perky beats and
guitar flash and synth cheeriness. This one’s more stark delivery and the vocals
grittier and way less processed strongly give it a hypnotizing power. Bluesy
bite in the chant, and a lot of squeeze drums, give this a less pretty feel which only adds to the power. Really a uniquely beautiful record that can please Howlin’ Wolf fans, and echo-plex rockers and millions of his Nigerians in his homeland.

you heard it 29 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 761 days ago, Milo Minderbender played Iwa
  • 901 days ago, Milo Minderbender played Late Alhaja Sidikat Abeni (Haruna Ishola Bello)
  • 971 days ago, Milo Minderbender played Late Alhaja Sidikat Abeni (Haruna Ishola Bello)
  • 975 days ago, Milo Minderbender played Iwa
  • 1160 days ago, Gram Sayles played Olabisi Ilori
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