General Ayinla Kollington says Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister is not the originator of Fuji muic but that he chooses not to drag the matter too long with him.
He also noted he and his late friend fought over the matte of who originated Fuji music but that they two buried the hatchet over the matter before Barrister died.
He told BBC Yoruba that it was Barrister who inspired him to start singing professionally. He also confirmed that it was Barrister who named their brand of the song ‘Fuji Music’ but they started it together around the same time.
In another light, General Kollington explained that fuji music was existing unofficialally before they both started singing.
He further explained that he and Late Barrister decided to stop singing ‘Wéré music’ (Wéré is indigenous music used music to arouse the Islamic faithfuls to pray and fast during the Ramadan period in Yorubaland) and switch to fuji music because they only earned peanut from the ‘Wéré’ music.
They both decided to start singing Wéré music during Ramadan while Kollington chose to do his Wéré music at a certain army barracks with permission from relevant authorities while late Sikiru Ayinde did his own at Mushin.
There have been claims that Dr. Sikiru Ayinde was the founder of Fuji Music and this argument went on until Dr.Sikiru Ayinde passed away but General Kollington has cleared the waves that it was a joint decision and they started this genre of music at the same time.
The fuji legend further explained how fans also escalated this uproar by misinterpreting the lyrics of their songs.
General Kollington Ayinla Explained How Fuji Music Started Originally:
Alhaji Ayinla started his own record company in the early 1980s, Kollington Records, to release his music and remains to this day an extremely prolific artist, having recorded over 50 albums.