How I Was Embarrased By D’banj – Fuji Star, Pasuma
Pasuma whose real name is Wasiu Alabi, is one of
the most successful Fuji musician around today.
He has been in the industry for 30 years and he
has done very well for himself. He has many
awards under his belt and has performed at big
shows globally. The Fuji artiste who has the
dexterity of infusing hip hop music perfectly into
his Fuji music has decided to churn out a hip hop
album and he has so far released 3 tracks which
are enjoying massive airplay. Pasuma’s latest
single is a rap song, ‘’Ogede Ti Pon’’ the video of
which will be out any time soon.
You have been busy for a while now working on a
hip hop album. Tell us what inspired the album?
I got the inspiration from the streets, my fans
have been yearning for it. And at the same time, I
have been one way or the other doing hip hop
music for a long time. I didn’t just start today. I
can say I am among the people who started
Nigerian hip hop. It is not something that it’s new
to me. I just took it upon myself to do it and see
what comes out of it and I am convinced it’s going
to be a positive result.
Who are the artiste you have worked with?
I have worked with Tiwa Savage, I have done a
song with D’Banj too and I am still going to work
with Olamide and Reminisce. I will be working
with some other stars too. We just recorded
seven tracks, we will still record more.
Now that you are tilting more towards the hip
hop industry, do you think you will be able to
retain your fans who love Fuji music?
It’s not going to affect my fan base. The whole
thing is, as an artiste you should be able to
diversify, diversity is very important in anything
you are doing. They have always known that I can
do hip hop, because I have always been infusing it
into my Fuji music, which has really helped me to
be different from other Fuji musicians. Before
now, they have all been yearning for it, they have
been asking me when I would drop my hip hop
album, and now, my management company
AO@21 media and I thought it’s long overdue, we
decided to give it to them and the acceptance has
been very awesome.
Pasuma as a Fuji artiste and Pasuma as a hip hop
act, which do you love most?
I love my Fuji music more. That is where I belong
to anytime any day. I am a Fuji musician, but I
should be able to do something new. And it is no
surprise to a lot of people because we have
always been doing the hip hop thing right from
when it started. Way back in 1996, you would
remember I did ‘’Oya ka keep on rocking,
Orobokibo’’ which was sang with a hip hop music
group, Remedies. 1996 till now is 18 years, and I
believe some of the new artiste making waves
today were still in primary school then. So I have
always been doing it and I have been doing
wonderfully well with it.
So how has the experience been working with
these hip hop/pop artistes?
The experience has been wonderful. They all love
me and see me as their brother and as their
daddy. Like when I met D’Banj, he was like baba
Pasuma, I said don’t call me baba, and he was like
he has been hearing my music before he even
thought of becoming an artiste. So that shows you
the respect they have for me.
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