Fuji is a Nigerian genre that arose as a popular manifestation of the improvised “Were music” Muslims play in Nigeria’s Yoruba areas to wake neighbors for fasting during Ramadan. Fuji started in the 1960s when “ajiwere” bands started to add elements of many Nigerian genres to their up-all-night musical performances. Today the most popular fuji music, like that of Adewale Ayuba, is upbeat, danceable and uses electronic instruments.

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