FUJI icon, late Sikiru Ayinde, popularly known as Barrister, may have died, but his legacies are definitely not interred with him. Since his sudden death about two years ago, his works have suddenly become golden, enjoying robust airplay on local radio stations
His fans, who have grown in leaps and bounds since the passing of their idol, are set to immortalize the legendary master of philosophical lyrics at an event billed for February in Lagos.
The event, tagged ‘Barry Day’ is being packaged by Ayinde Barrister Legacy Club, which draws membership from countries all over the world.
At a pre-event meeting in Lagos, president of the club, Kayode Adeyemo, said the club is ready to stage a ‘world-class Barry Day’
The meeting was a window into what to expect at the Barry Day celebration. Members of the club from as far as Ilorin, Oshogbo and other far flung places stormed Lagos to fashion out a perfect festival for their idol.
Decked in colorful dresses, the members, most of whom were seeing one another for the first time, hugged and vowed to ensure a one-in-town celebration in February.
Among the members at the meeting was Barrister’s kinsman, Gani Kayode Balogun (GKB). His presence at the meeting was perhaps the tonic the Barrister Legacy Club needed to set in motion activities for the grand finale.
In his address, GKB commended the club for sustaining the undying spirit, which he said was the hallmark of the Mr. Fuji.
He said: “The Fuji creator may no longer be with us physically, but he left behind a body of work that would probably be unsurpassed in the genre, as well as a musical legacy that had spawned thousands of people who earn a livelihood from his patent, and millions who are addicted to his musical genius. The tributes from across the social spectrum and the albums released by other musicians to eulogise him aptly captured the essence that a star has truly gone, and mankind is diminished by his loss.”
In his own speech, President of Barrister Legacy Club, described the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister as gold. “Barrister is gold. And that is why his legacies have become indestructible. Though Barrister is no more with us, his soul and golden heart have remained with us. His life and works were solid and crafted in gold. H e is like the wine which gets better with age. He was a philosopher, a global man”
It will b recalled that Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, the man generally believed to have evolved Fuji music died on December 16, 2010, after a long battle with an undisclosed ailment.
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