Nigeria Highlife icon Victor Olaiya has just been confirmed dead.
News getting to us on now that the Nigerian entertainment scene and music lovers have been thrown into great mourning.
The veteran highlife singer, passed on today at the age of 89 at exactly 12pm at LUTH hospital in Lagos state.
According to Bimbo Esho, via her Facebook page.
She wrote: “Breaking News !! The Death of the Doyen of Highlife music in Nigeria
The entire music world wishes to announce the death of a Legend of Highlife music, one of the last man standing, the last of the original Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya OON..
This untimely incident happened at Luth hospital Lagos State at exactly 12noon today Wednesday, 12th of February, 2020.. We pray that the Doyen of highlife music finds repose with the creator while wishing the family and entire music community the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.. And to my namesake Abimbola Olaiya I will miss your contribution to HIGHLIFE MUSIC. Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya was 89 years of age on December 31st, 2019..
Announcer Bimbo Esho. Managing Director of Evergreen Music Company Ltd.”
Legendary Highlife singer Dr. Victor Olaiya retired from active music and public live performances in the year 2017.
The singer who used to play regularly at the Stadium Hotel on Iyun Street, Surulere, according to Vanguard news, was conspicuously absent for about a year, due to health problems and based on the doctor’s recommendations.
It was also clear that Dr. Victor Olaiya had stopped watching his weekly show and occasional performances, for obvious health reasons.
“In addition to attending his shows, he no longer works regularly as a result of age-related health problems, said his manager, Gbenga Adewusi.”
In July 2013, Dr. Victor Olaiya performed 2Baba on the remix of his hit song ‘Baby jowo (‘ Baby mi ‘).
Olaiya released an album with Ghanaian musician E. T. Mensah. Both drummer Tony Allen and vocalist Fela Kuti played with Olaiya and achieved individual success.
Olaiya’s musical style was influenced by James Brown, with parts of horns harmonized in the style of Brown, as opposed to the mostly unisoned lines of Afrobeat. The music includes Tony Allen’s swinging percussion, but not the syncopated style that Allen later pioneered.
Olaiya launched more than 26 projects throughout his life, from the late 1950s to 2012.
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