8 Things You Need To Know about KWAM1 as he Approaches His 60th Birthday Celebrations
Like we all know, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall (KWAM1) is a foremost popular Fuji music maestro in Nigeria. Like the Late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and Kollington, Kwam1 is one of most prominent Fuji pioneers. He was born in Lagos, but originally from Ijebu-Ode. The Fuji Music artist is well known for his luxurious lifestyle. He is also very influential and powerful in the sociopolitical radar. Kwam1's birthday comes up every March 3rd, and he will be 60-year-old by next March 3rd. Congratulations to Arabambi 1!
Now, let’s look at some of the things that define KWAM1:
- At age 8, his dream and aspiration were to become a great musician. But his parents were opposed to the development of their son becoming a music artist. At age 15, he finally broke through as he won several music competitions showcasing his dexterity.
- In 1975, KWAM1 joined his mentor’s Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister’s ‘The Supreme Fuji Commander Band’ where he learned under his tutelage and left in 1979 to form his own band.
- Kwam1 released ‘Abode Mecca’ his first official solo album, but it wasn’t very successful, and it took him other several years before he finally got into the Fuji music mainstream.
- In 1984, he released his most successful Album ‘Talazo 84’, an album that went platinum, and spanned outside the shores of Nigeria. This made KWAM1 a force to reckon with in the Fuji music genre.
- King Wasiu redefined the Fuji genre by infusing other musical instruments like the guitar, saxophone, and keyboard, making it sound more ‘funkified’ and danceable.
- K1 has 8 studio albums and a yet-to-be-released album titled ‘Let the Music Flow’, and 12 live albums to his credit.
- He has gone on many musical tours to different countries around the world where he has popularized the Fuji genre. He remained the only Fuji artist to have performed at TROYX in England, World Music Expo and ‘Sound Of Brazil in New York’.
- Out of his sheer passion for promoting Fuji music to enviable heights, he staged his K1 unusual concert which was solely sponsored by him spending over 200 million of Naira, a concert where K1 gave back to his loyal fans.
As usual, his birthday plans are beginning to be unveiled as it will be held in different parts of the country and abroad. "Bobo no go die unless toba di Arugbo", K1 is still full of life with scintillating performance and unmatched achievement at 60. We at Ink & Pen’s Blog wish him prosperous birthday celebrations.
Read more at http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/02/kwam-1-60-quintessential-fuji-music-game-changer/