Popular Yoruba Fuji artiste, Ayinla Kollington speaks on his journey in the music industry.
Veteran Yoruba Fuji musician, Alhaji Ayinla Kollington sheds light about his music career.
Born in 1953 in Ibadan, Oyo State, Ayinla Kollington started music alongside the late Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister in 1965. In the late 1970s, General, as he is also known, refined his sound by adding bata drums and changed his band’s name to Fuji 78.
Talking about competition in the Fuji music industry, especially with his friends, Kollington said it is a healthy rivalry.
That was purely business and that perceived rivalry was over even before his death. We came back and did everything together. We were not the only ones who had issues at one time. Ebenezer Obey and Sunny Ade had theirs and later settled. Recently, some musicians who had issues between themselves came to me and I settled the rift.”
Ayinla Kollington attributed his young looks to God and constant exercise. The 62-year-old musician claimed that his children are going well but refused to reveal the number of wives and children he has.
I didn’t know you would ask me that question. I would have done the calculation before your arrival. Well, it is a taboo in the part of the world I come from to count one’s children. I can only say I am married and blessed with children.
He also lamented how artiste are losing millions because of the problem of piracy.
Piracy is killing my morale. I spend quality time composing, spend huge amount to produce and after stressing myself, I lose most of the profits to piracy. So, I have decided to stop for sometime and only continue when we have reduced piracy to the minimum level in this country.
Collectively, we have taken measures. We have been to Alaba International Market at different times, and on some occasions, some of my colleagues were even attacked. We have reported to the police and all seem fruitless.
Ayinla Kollington finally advised younger artistes to embraced education and healthy living.