Wasiu Barrister

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b. Nigeria. Leading the Royal Talazo Fuji Londoners under his adopted moniker, The Golden Talazo Fuji Messiah, Wasiu is a contemporary of the better-known Barrister. Indeed, he became his chief rival…
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b. Nigeria. Leading the Royal Talazo Fuji Londoners under his adopted moniker, The Golden Talazo Fuji Messiah, Wasiu is a contemporary of the better-known Barrister. Indeed, he became his chief rival in 1984 after leaving Barrister’s backing band. Unlike many such rivalries located in the African continent, this has never degenerated into anything other than mutual support, despite the fact that some accuse Wasiu of ‘copycat’ tactics. His emergence was widely reported as a major progression for fuji music, a misconception made understandable by the quality of his early albums. However, the younger Barrister has failed to deliver anything approaching the innovations of his mentor since that time. Though none of his albums are disappointing per se, commentators have long since begun to look elsewhere for their trendsetters. Despite this, as with most of the other fuji representatives, Wasiu and his Fuji Londoners are capable of mesmerizing live performances, and it is in this setting that they are best appreciated.