Fatai 'Rolling Dollar' Olanguju was, along with his contemporaries Tunde Nightingale, I.K. Dairo, Dele Ojo and Ayinde Bakare, one of the first musicians to introduce elements of funk, reggae and Afrobeat into Nigeria's jùjú music, creating the feel-good highlife subgenre. The Ede-born singer/guitarist rose to fame in the 1950s when he formed the successful Afro-Skittles Band with guitarist J.O. Araba and saxophonist Ishola Willie Payne. The trio's Afro-fusion sounds greatly influenced a new generation of Nigerian artistes including legends King Sunny Adé, Fela Kuti and Ebenezer Obey.
After a long absence from the Nigerian music scene, Rolling Dollar staged a successful comeback in 2003 spawning the groovy single, Won Kere Si Number, which became the biggest hit of his career. The 86-year-old singer died yesterday in a Lagos hospital a few weeks after he returned from an unpublicized tour of the United States. Head below to watch several videos (including performance clips and footage from the upcoming documentary, Faaji Agba) featuring Rolling Dollar.