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Honoring Fatai Rolling Dollar: Tribute Throwback Thursday

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Olayiwola Fatai Olagunju, better known as Fatai Rolling Dollar, left an indelible mark on Nigeria’s music scene. Born on July 22, 1927, this jùjú singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist enchanted audiences with his soulful tunes. Let’s delve into the life and legacy of this nationally celebrated performer.

Honoring Fatai Rolling Dollar: A Musical Tribute for Throwback Thursday

Fatai Rolling Dollar Early Beginnings

In 1953, Fatai embarked on his musical journey. His nimble fingers danced across the guitar strings, captivating listeners. Along the way, he mentored fellow musicians, including the legendary Ebenezer Obey and the late Orlando Owoh. But it was his hit track “Won Kere Si Number Wa” that etched his name in music history.

The African Rhythm Band

In 1957, Fatai formed the eight-piece Fatai Rolling Dollar and his African Rhythm Band. Their rhythmic melodies echoed through the streets, leaving an indelible imprint. They recorded a string of seven-inch singles for Phillips West Africa Records, each note resonating with the pulse of the nation.

A Peaceful Departure

Fatai Rolling Dollar’s final curtain call came as he peacefully slipped into eternal slumber. His resting place lies in Ikorodu, Lagos. At 85 years old, he held the distinction of being Nigeria’s oldest surviving music artist—a testament to his enduring spirit.

Musical Legacy

Let’s explore Fatai’s discography:

  • 2002: Returns (Jazz Hole [Nig] Ltd.)
  • 2004: Won Kere Si Number (Jazz Hole [Nig] Ltd.)
  • 2010: Beleke (51 Lex Records)


Fatai Rolling Dollar’s guitar strings may have stilled, but his melodies continue to echo across generations. His juju and highlife tunes remain timeless, bridging the past and present. As we celebrate Throwback Thursday, let’s honor this musical maestro who danced to the rhythm of life.

Remember, legends never fade—they simply play on in our hearts. 

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