By Adeola Oladele in Ibadan
After two months of painstaking search for the new talent in Fuji music in the six states of Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Kwara and Oyo States for the annual Bull Fuji Talent Hunt from the stable of Intercontinental Distillers Ltd., makers of Bull Dry Gin and Bull Dark Rum, seven upcoming and talented fuji acts have been discovered.
Bull Fuji Talent Hunt Season 4, which zonal auditions and competitions took place in Ibadan, Ijebu-Ode, Ikorodu, Oshodi, Osogbo, Akure and Ilorin respectively, gave ample opportunity and platform for unknown, but aspiring fuji artistes to showcase their God-given talent and musical skill to outclass each other in the aforementioned cities via their creativity, composition and lyrics, stagemanship & control, dressing and audience appeal.
According to the Chief Operating Officer of Kingsize Entertainment, the company packaging the Fuji talent hunt, Mr. Lanre Alabi, Season 1, 2 and 3 of the programmed had produced Nurudeen Atanda “Antenna”, Idriss Akanbi “Aloma” and Muftau Alabi “Snr Prefect”.
“The trio are doing well in fuji music scene and are no push-overs among their peers. Fuji Musicians Association of Nigeria (FUMAN) both National and state chapters have also endorsed Bull Fuji Talent Hunt, in Nigeria,” he said, describing the programme as well-packaged and promoting Yoruba indigenous popular Fuji music.
Wasiu, a.k.a. “Mr Lemon”, will represent Oshodi zone; Saheed Okiki will represent Ikorodu zone; Waheed Oropo will represent Osogbo zone; Ishola Ade will represent Ilorin zone; Ashafa Martins will represent Ibadan zone; Iyanda Olubori will represent Ijebu-Ode, while Afolabi Ibrahim will represent Akure zone.
“It’s an experience and adventurous two months search. Nigeria are blessed with bundle of talents, especially young and upcoming fuji artistes in the entire South-west part of the country, as Bull brands gave them lifetime opportunity to showcase their music prowess, courtesy of annual Bull Fuji,” Alabi said.
Meanwhile, the grand finale of the competition will come up at Mauve 21 Events Centre, Ring Road, Ibadan, Oyo State on Friday June 3rd, 2016 beginning from 12 noon
Popular Fuji musicians Abass Obesere, Rasheed Ayinde and Taye Currency as well as Yoruba ace comedian Taiwo Obama will entertain the audience while lots of side attractions have been lined up to spice up the events.