By Rotimi Agbana
Music-making was never the plan for popular afro-beat music singer, Oluwakayode Junior Balogun, a.k.a Barry Jhay, son of late Fuji music king, Ayinde Barrister, but based on his father’s dying wish he had no choice but to embrace the craft.
In a chat with Showtime, the ‘Aiye’ crooner revealed how his father convinced him to take after his music legacy.
“My late dad used to tell me that I would become a musician but I used to cry whenever he said so; but I’ve been recording since the age of five. My dad was the creator and founder of Fuji music; so it’s like another industry on its own. Africans use black power while they are doing their music; some of them when their colleagues go for performance, they would use black power to do some stuff that I don’t understand.
They make them vomit blood or render their spine useless. So, when my dad used to me that I’d do music, I used to say no because I’ve my special gift and talent. I told him I couldn’t get involved in black power. It was after my dad died I realized I had no choice but to do music, because I couldn’t let his name die just like that. Before he died he told me that if I don’t do music I may not survive”, he said.
Speaking further, he explained why he doesn’t have a university education even though during his father’s lifetime, he could afford it.
‘ All I know in my life is music; I cannot read any other thing. I told my mom and dad, I told everybody that the only thing I can read is music production and sound engineering. As at that time, I never knew music was what was going to feed me; but thank God, I’m improving”, he said.