Wednesday, 12 June 2013


BREAKING NEWS: News of the death of veteran Fuji musician, Fatai Rolling Dollars is filtering in at the moment. Fatai was born 22nd July 1926, and became famous in the 60s and 70s; Rolling Dollar was known for his verve and dexterity on the guitar.
The 85 years old musican died this morning, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Marritol Hospital, Sam Sonibare Street, off Lawanson Road, Surulere, Lagos. His death was confirmed to E24-7 MAGAZINE by one of his surviving wives, Funmilola (Moshood's mum). "Yes, Baba is dead. I was called ths morning that he is dead. I was in the hospital till late yesterday night but I was not allowed to see him. I'm on my way to the hospital again."

Fatai Rolling Dollars

His music break came in 1953 when he collaborated with master guitarist, J.O. Araba and tenor sax, Ishola Willie Payne to play at the exclusive Island Club in Lagos. Their Afro Skittle band adopted Ghanaian palm wine music to Yoruba highlife sounds, a fusion that deeply influenced up-and-coming artists like Fela Kuti,Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey (whom he taught to play the guitar). In the early days of independence, the Afro Skittles recorded several 78-rpm vinyl songs for Philips, spurning hits like Ranka Dede and Ogba oya ya. Rolling Dollars however disappeared from the music scene for about twenty-five years before making a come-back in 2003 when he got a new lease of life after years in the doldrums, through Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who revived his career and fortunes, after the Liaison de France was brought back into public consciousness.
May his soul rest in peace. Please leave your condolence (Use OPEN ID, then login in with your email or Facebook address.)

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