Wasiu Ayinde: Celebrating Black Excellence In Music

by Duke Magazine

Wasiu Omogbolahan Ayinde, popularly known as K1 De Ultimate or King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (KWAM1), is a Nigerian decorated Fuji musician. Born in 1957, KWAM1 is reputed for bringing to spotlight and reprising a fuji genre created by the Late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, known as Talazo fuji.

Discovering his passion for music at the tender age of eight, by age 15, KWAM1 had won himself medals from several musical competitions. He launched his music career with a stint with Ayinde Barrister’s band before releasing his debut album “Iba” in 1980. His breakthrough album “Talazo ‘84” in 1984, which was acclaimed with huge success. Churning artistic music disposition in reverence to Yoruba culture, KWAM1 has participated in several musical tours and events in and outside Africa: in 1995, he gave the first of its kind Fuji performance at WOMAD Festival, as he dubs as the only Fuji musician to perform at Troy, WOMEX, and SOB’s. 

Being a man who knows his onions and relishes more on that, KWAM1 has for almost four decades been a relevant force in Nigeria’s entertainment scene, as he remains one of the most sought-after entertainers at parties and events. In recognition of his distinguished feats as a Fuji music veteran in Nigeria, he was installed by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi as the first Mayegun of Yoruba Land in 2020. He was also conferred with Honoris Causa of Music at Saint John University Bakersfield California USA in 1989.

The 64-year-old musician received The Headies Hall of Fame Award in 2013 and Lifetime Achievement Award from City People in 2014.

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