10 things that make K1 De Ultimate 'tick'

K1 De Ultimate

K1 De Ultimate

By Victoria Oluwayemi

In the realm of Nigerian Fuji music, one name has consistently shone brightly over the years, and that name is K1 De Ultimate.

The musical journey of Olasunkanmi Ayinde Marshal, widely known as K1 De Ultimate, has been marked by remarkable achievements and unparalleled popularity.

Here, we delve into the ten crucial factors that have played a pivotal role in making him a true musical legend:

1. Early Musical Passion: K1’s musical journey began at a tender age when he discovered his love for music. This unwavering passion, which he pursued despite initial opposition from his parents, set the stage for his future stardom. In 1975, Wasiu Ayinde became a member of Ayinde Barrister’s band, the Supreme Fuji Commanders.

2. Victorious Beginnings: At just 15 years old, K1 had already started making waves by winning numerous local music competitions, showcasing his exceptional talent to the world.

3. Mentorship Under Ayinde Barrister: K1’s career received a significant boost when he joined Ayinde Barrister’s band, the Supreme Fuji Commanders, in 1975. This apprenticeship allowed him to refine his skills and learn from a master of the genre.

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4. Innovative Talazo Fuji Style: In 1984, K1 released his groundbreaking album, “Talazo ’84,” introducing a turbo-charged style of music known as the Talazo system. This innovative approach captured the hearts of music enthusiasts and catapulted him to stardom.

5. Global Tours: K1 embarked on a series of global tours, performing in North America and Europe, which expanded his fan base and solidified his international recognition.

6. Diverse Discography: With a discography of over 50 Fuji albums, including international releases, K1 De Ultimate demonstrated his versatility and creativity, ensuring his music resonated with a broad audience.

7. Awards and Recognition: His musical prowess earned him several awards, such as the FAME Musician of the Year, Best Fuji Artiste at the Nigerian Music Awards, and Best African Artiste at the WOMAD Festival in Reading, among others.

8. Royal Titles: Traditional rulers in Nigeria honoured K1 with prestigious titles, including the title of “Olu Omo” (golden child) by the King of Lagos, King Adeyinka Oyekan II. Aside from that he earned a series of titles such as:

  • Badabarawu of Ogijo in 1985
  • Ekerin Amuludun of Ibadanland in 1986
  • Golden Mercury of Africa Title in 1986,
  • Honoris Causa of Music at Saint John University Bakersfield California USA in 1989.
  • Crown as King of Fuji, (Oluaye Fuji Music) at NTA Ibadan in 1993.
  • The Oluomo of Lagos by King Adeyinka Oyekan of Lagos in 1999 
  • On Monday, January 13, 2020, he was installed by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi as the first Mayegun of Yorubaland. Merit Award title M.O.N member of other Niger by President Muhammad Buhari on 11 October 2022.

9. Polygamous Lifestyle: Apart from his music, K1′s personal life, including his polygamous relationships and numerous children, garnered public attention and added to his appeal.

10. High Demand and Premium Performance Fees: K1 De Ultimate remains a highly sought-after artiste in Nigeria, with event organizers often having to accommodate his schedule. His performance fees range from N5 million to N15 million, reflecting his status as a top-tier entertainer.

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