A university Don, Prof. Obatunde Adetola of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye has said plans are underway to convert music of the Fuji icon, Saheed Osupa into literature book.
Prof. Adetola who described Osupa as enigmatic philosophical singer, remarked that his style of music cut across all generations with intellectual insight.
The University Don maintained that, the fuji maestro does not just put musical instruments together to make noise, but make his music to have depth and teach morality.
The Professor of Sociology Developments hinted that Osupa kind of music appealed to somebody like him because the society has much changed from good to more of negativity today, adding that for him to stand out to continue to emphasize morality within the decadence of society.
“That alone caught my attention and I listen to his music, and use it especially whenever I was teaching sociology of music. In the contemporary Nigeria when we have challenge in terms of what is good and what is bad, and that is why I have been following his kind of music especially since the demise of Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.
“Between two of them, Ayinde Barrister represented the earliest generations of fuji, he was the creator of fuji, and Osupa is the contemporary. I think he is fit into that position.
“By my own assessment as the King of Fuji music in Africa and the world because of the depth he has, and if you are interested in progress development of any society using music, I think the kind of music Osupa sings is a way to go.
“I transited from Ayinde Barrister to Saheed Osupa. Since the demise of Barrister, I don’t listen to any music than Osupa. I happen to meet Rafiu Alarape, when I was the private secretary to former Governor, Otunba Gbega Daniel (OGD). I always carry him along in my car whenever I was going to work, he always sang Osupa then.
“What connected us was the depth of philosophical, poetic, that is full-body expression for those that understands Yoruba. Though, I don’t dance but mostly I nodded my head whenever I listened to his music.
“Whenever I nod, I heard those philosophical words, so when we play his songs, it brought about today, so when he was expressing his inner thoughts with Olamide, it is not that I have written something down about him, but I do take from his music to teach in class.
“I have someone else that I want to write about which is reminiscent from urban music, he used some philosophical word in his song titled ‘Pomile.’ I love him too. So when I was told, I said no problem, what he wants is good decision,” Professor Adetola narrated.
Furthermore, he emphasised: You have expressed the knowledge when you were talking before, you said ‘Kiko ko dabi kakosile. During the Covid-19, I have written this book, because writing is not an issues to me. This is the book I titled with your name ‘Saheed Osupa Adventure into Fuji Music.’
“We can add King to it if that is what he want, this book is to sell his brand. Like he said ‘Ninu ise aye a se la nani’, people say musician are beggars, but it beyond that. Especially he didn’t forget the culture in him which is Yoruba. What we want to doubt is to capture who is Osupa Saheed gangan.
“Osupa has become not only an ambassador but also encyclopedia of Yoruba culture, and I can also linked it to what we call an Enigma. In the sense that to study him, we are going to do two volume of book.
“One will contain only him, it will be devoted to primary and secondary schools, but we are going to start from tertiary, that is how we are going to do the volume.
“Later, we will do curriculum that will be for pupils. We can’t start from there this is not a matter of Alawiye. As we all know that if we want to build houses, we need to go to quarry to break the rock. We can’t start Osupa from pupils, it will be too much for them. I hope my explanation and examples is okay for him.
“What we are doing is beyond Yoruba culture, it is only that it came in through to Yoruba culture. That is why we titled it ‘Adventure into African Culture through Fuji Music,’ by power of God, I believe we are going to achieve it.
“For the good of our society, for the posterity will have his name written in bold so that generations that come will know somebody came that has impacted in the society.
“Nobody is shouting what is good. If a musician like him that should be among Jayejaye can have such intellectual documentation of his music. It is because his music is depth, if it is all about instrumental who want to write on it.”
Meanwhile, in his response, the elated Dr. Osupa appreciated the university professor for his words of accolades and encouragement, noting that meeting him would inspire him to do more for the teeming fans and youths in Nigeria.
In the same vein, Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Youths and Sports, Olamide Lawal thanked Professor Adetola for developing interest in Osupa music, in spite of his academic exploits.
Adding that Professor Adetola love for Yoruba music, especially Saheed Osupa kind of music distinguished him out among his colleagues as a promoter of Yoruba culture.
“Well thank you very much like I did believe that using some personality as inspiration, their lifestyle, or the way they have lived their lives will influence younger ones in the right part.
“If it well channelled, that’s why when we had discussions we feel that being someone that sings philosophical songs, we can also translate that into intellectual community, whereby the young ones can learn from it.
“It will also promote African culture, and it will also promote the talent. The impact is going have on the youth, will influence them also help them to determine their talent,” he opined.