Adil Bayyan 1955-2022 | News, Sports, Jobs

NEWARK, Delaware — Adil Bayyan, 67, a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and friend, returned to Allah on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Adil Bayyan was born in Youngstown, September 3, 1955, to Mary Ellen Bell Jackson and the late Franklin Jackson Sr. He was the middle of three brothers, Royal, Adil and Keith.

In 1992 Adil married Tyrea White and together they created a loving home that has always welcomed family and friends into their beautiful blended family. With Tyrea by his side, Adil was a devoted father of 10 children, Torin, Raine, Jihad, Aneesa, Aaron, Hakim, Hassan, Khalil, Khaleb and Kailah.

Adil grew up in Youngstown and overseas in Germany, where his father, Frank, served in the military. At 11, Adil started playing the drums. This was the spark that led to his love of music and his career in the music industry.

At the age of 18, Adil moved from Youngstown to Jersey City, NJ to live with his cousins, Robert “Kool” Bell and Ronald “Khalis” Bell of Kool and the Gang. Following in the footsteps of his famous cousins, Adil, his brother Royal and his cousin Amir created the Forecast group. To earn money, Adil started working as a roadie for Kool and the Gang; however, his infectious optimism and ability to handle diverse personalities soon propelled him to road manager.

In 1988, one of the first indicators of Adil’s eye for talent was his discovery of Color Me Badd while on the road with Kool and the Gang in Oklahoma. The young band snuck into an event where Kool and the Gang was performing and gave an impromptu audition. Adil immediately recognized the potential of the group. As Color Me Badd’s manager, Adil orchestrated a series of collaborations, including his brother, Royal Bayyan, which led to their 1991 hit, “I Wanna Sex You Up,” and the rest is history.

In 1992, Adil started working closely with his best friend and business partner, Shamsud-Din Sharif. The duo’s expertise in the music industry included managing writers and producers, including The Messengers, who wrote songs for numerous artists, including Justin Bieber and Chris Brown. Adil’s strength as a manager and his sense of talent led him to discover some of the heavy hitters in the industry, including Solo, P!nk and Nasri Atweh (Magic!). He has also written and produced songs with Gloria Gaynor, Vanessa Williams and LaToya Jackson.

In 1997 Adil became the manager of Kool and the Gang and remained with the band until his death.

Adil was widely known as one of the good guys in the music industry. When Adil walked into a meeting, his smile lit up the room; everyone loved working with Adil. He cared about the people he collaborated with and his word was his bond. Adil was practical, honest and direct. If he ever had to give bad news, he would always say… “I have good news for you and bad news, which one do you want first?” The name of his management company was Str8-Hand Entertainment, and that described Adil’s style. Whatever the news, he always gave it to you directly and ended every briefing with the phrase “But the good news is…” Every conversation with Adil left you with a sense of optimism.

Despite his busy musical career, Adil was always on the lookout for something new. In 2005, he earned a construction management certificate from Temple University. Adil and Shamsud-Din have worked on construction, commercial and residential projects throughout Philadelphia, PA. The custom work they did was reflected in their motto, “Dream…Design…Build”. Their visions can be viewed at Harambee Institute Charter School; Southwest Leadership Charter School; and Math, Civic and Sciences Charter School. They take great pride in the design and renovation of Khadijah Alderman’s Funeral Home, Philadelphia’s first Muslim funeral home.

When his sons were young, Adil began martial arts training with them, receiving his black belt in Tae Kwan Do. In 2015 he began training with Sifu Keith Mazza and developed a mastery in the art of Wing Chun. He earned a dark brown belt, which made him a level six Wing Chun instructor. Adil also received a Level Three Instructor Certification in Stick Fighting from Kali.

Adil cared deeply for his family and close circle of friends. He was a wise counselor to his children and to anyone who needed encouragement and guidance. He had a practical solution for every situation. He was always rooting for you and never judged. As the son of his late father, Franklin, and his dear mother, Mary Ellen, Adil was the child every parent dreams of. To his father, he was faithful and loving. He ensured that the lives of his children were affected by the stewardship of their grandparents and forever cemented in his children the importance of keeping generations close. For his mother, Mary Ellen, Adil made sure she never lacked. She only had to say one word and Adil was always there to comfort her, laugh with her and fill her world with joy. Adil also had a particularly close relationship with his in-laws, the late Leon and Dorothy White, who treasured him.

There are no words to express how much this beautiful soul will be missed. Our time with him is over and we faithfully submit to the will of Allah. Adil was the heart of our family. As-salamu Alaikum our dear brother, father, husband, Pop-pop, uncle, cousin and friend. Your soul is at rest.

Adil was predeceased by his father, Franklin Jackson Sr.; her stepmother, Dorothy White; her stepfather, Leon White; and his cousins, Michael Bell, Ronald “Khalis” Bell and Wahid Bayyan.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Tyrea White Bayyan; his sons, Torin Griffin, Jihad Bayyan Jackson, Aaron Bayyan, Hakim Bayyan, Hassan Bayyan, Khalil Bayyan and Khaleb Bayyan; his daughters, Raine Bayyan (Chanstan Wright), Aneesa Bayyan and Kailah Bayyan; his mother, Mary Ellen Bell Jackson; his brothers, Royal Bayyan and Keith Jackson; his grandchildren, Maliyah Johnson and Amerie Harris, Nuri Bayyan, Azmn Bayyan, Nasir Bayyan, Jacob and Nathan Bayyan, Idris Bayyan and Anaysha Jones; his cousins, Robert Kool Bell, Amir Bayyan and Sharifah Bayyan; sister-in-law, Ashia James Bayyan; his dear friends, Shamsud-Din Sharif and Charles Salaam Hawkins; and a host of nieces, nephews and dear friends around the world.

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