Both Fuji and funk music have their roots from Africa. You see, Funk was originated in communities dominated by African Americans. American songs were too slow, too subtle for the new citizens. They had tried to flow with the American blues and RnB, they tried to love it, to dance to it and adapt to it but they just couldn’t. So, the world had to say hello to the Funk genre of music.
Funk is a danceable rhythmic form of music. It is a mixture of soul, RnB, jazz, rhythm and blues. This music dumps the whole melodious progression, it cancels the calmness and forces the groove out of music. Funk is never complete without an electric bassist, and a drummer that understands the process of making slow music danceable. According to Wikipedia;
“African-inspired music, Funk typically consists of a complex groove with rhythm instruments playing interlocking groove that creates a hypnotic and danceable feel.”
I think I should help Wikipedia out and say that we create magic! Every damn time too! Funk is simply under the Afrobeat tree too. If it makes you think of Africa, the gig is Afro. Even the artistes are black, strong and proud. Funk was performed by legends like:
Earth, wind and Fire (a band).
Funk was the bold kind of music that saved African Americans.
Fuji is another genre of music that was birthed into life the same time the Funk music came. Fuji originated from Nigeria. It started as a thought that the music performed to wake the Muslims up before dawn during the Ramadan fasting season could be modified. Soon, legends did something with the sound and finally came up with Fuji. They were able to combine sakara, apala, juju, aro, highlife, gudugudu and Afro to produce the sound.
The music was accepted and became popular among the Yoruba people. Fuji was created and adopted by kings. Artistes like:
Alaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister
K1 the ultimate
Wasiu Alabi Pasuma
Adewale Ayuba and a lot more.
Funk and Fuji are great genres of music that the world was blessed with. We may not still be getting the same sound these days but with the help of the new generation of musicians, we have not forgotten our roots. There is still a blend of Fuji or Funk in some of the sounds we now produce. We really know how to preserve the Fuji and keep it funky in this nappy side of the world.
Whatever you do, just remember that Africans blessed the world with unique genres of music, we made earth funky and cool.