Veteran Fuji act, Dayo Kujore, who acquired a technical knowledge as an engineer, has disclosed that it had always been music or nothing.
Dayo Kujore told Saturday Beats that his mother was uncertain of his music career, and even had to prostrate on the floor begging him to quit music for another profession. Dayo Kujore who further disclosed that he was able to allay his mother’s fears by becoming successful, said;
“My father died when I was quite young, so I have more memories of my mother. However, she was not pleased with the development. I remember a day when my mother prostrated on the floor holding my leg that I should not go out to perform. She said that if it was a church programme, it would have been better but I was going to perform at a juju gig. She really did not have a choice because my music was not hindering my other activities like school and house chores. I was able to combine everything. I got so popular to the point that when some of those bands needed a guitarist to play for them in Lagos, I was the one they called to perform with them.
I would leave my village as young as I was to play different gigs in Lagos. It was during one of those performances that some top shots in the juju scene in Lagos watched me perform and they invited me to join their band. I later joined S.A Oni’s band because they noticed that I am talented. I toured different parts of Lagos with them till I met the likes of Prince Adekunle. I was with Prince Adekunle for a while till some of his band members left to form their own group. Initially, I was just a guitarist but at the time but one day when I went with a musician for a performance, the man did not mount the stage on time and this angered the crowd.
Soon their patience grew thin and they began to throw stones at the stage. I was the smallest amongst the band members but they were all confused, so I mounted the stage and started playing my guitar, soon after I began to sing, that was the first day I ever sang in front of a crowd in my life. When the musician later mounted the stage, the crowd began to request for me that they loved my style of singing.
It was not until that incident happened that I realised I could sing. Prior to that day, I was only an instrumentalist. Initially, I was a very shy person but as I held that microphone, the yoke broke. I never knew I was that brave but I think I got courageous because I did not want the crowd to get belligerent,” he said.