LAGOS STATE-NIGERIA, Thursday February 13, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – His death was confirmed by his record label, Premier Records, whose project manager, Michael Odiong, said that Nigerian highlife musician Victor Olaiya (age 89) had passed away at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital on 12 February.
Popularly referred to as Dr Victor Olaiya, the highlife trumpeter was born in Calabar, southern Nigeria. He was introduced to music at an early age and learnt to play the bombardon and the French horn. After leaving school he moved to Lagos in 1951. He was accepted by Howard University in the US to study civil engineering but chose music as a profession instead.
Braving parental disapproval, he played with the Sammy Akpabot Band, the Old Lagos City Orchestra and the Bobby Benson and His Jam Session Orchestra before forming his own group, The Cool Cats, which was later renamed to the All Stars Band when it was booked to play the 1963 International Jazz Festival in Czechoslovakia.
The band was known for an extensive highlife repertoire that included tracks like ‘Omopupa’, ‘Aigana’, ‘Pambotoriboto’, ‘Opataritius’, ‘Mo fe Muyan’, ‘Jemila’, ‘Kosowo Lode’, ‘Odale Ore’, ‘So Fun Mi’ and ‘Omolanke’. Many of Olaiya’s songs have been covered by various artists over the decades.
He was also known as ‘The Evil Genius of Highlife Music’. “Highlife music is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration,” he told Nigerian publication The Guardian. “I am called ‘evil genius’ because I make my fans sweat through dancing while enjoying my music. To make a difference in the music, you need to sweat.”
Olaiya’s music bridged Ghanaian highlife and various Nigerian sounds that would eventually become Afrobeat. He often said that Fela Kuti, the originator of Afrobeat, learnt to play music in his band. Both Fela Kuti and drummer Tony Allen played with Olaiya before finding success with their own projects.
The All Stars Band was selected to play at a state ball when Queen Elizabeth II visited Nigeria in 1956, and performed at a number of state functions when Nigeria gained independence in 1960. Olaiya shared the stage with Louis Armstrong and other international acts in the 1950s and ‘60s. During the Nigerian Civil War of 1967-70, his band entertained Nigerian troops. The Cool Cats also travelled to the Congo to perform for UN troops.
Olaiya released numerous albums during his long career, including one with Ghanaian highlife musician ET Mensah, and later remade his track ‘Baby Jowo’ alongside 2Face Idibia.
“Devastated by the news of your passing,” 2Baba wrote on Instagram. “Dr Victor Olaiya – maestro, mentor, legend. Thanks for the beautiful music. Thanks for the inspiration. Blessed for the honour of sharing a mic and stage with you. Rest in peace baba.”
Olaiya played regularly at the Stadium Hotel in Surulere, Lagos, until 2016 when his doctor recommended that he stop performing live due to ill health.
(Source: Music In Africa)
Electrifying Kweku Greene To Debut New Single ‘Juju’
He recently charmed the entire nation with his meticulous voice and graciously sat on the seat of hitmakers after the release of his maiden single famous. Not relenting on his efforts, Kweku Greene has announced a release date for his second single ‘JUJU’ under Horizon Records GH and the streets can’t keep calm.
For an upcoming artiste to have been able to give established artists a run for their money with a first single and garnering about 60% of street fans to his camp amidst series of radio and tv AirPlays, we are certain that Greene will break international boundaries with this second record.
With their aim of going global, Kweku Greene and his hardworking label, Horizon Records GH have announced 29th September 2020 as the release date for their second hit single JUJU.
Juju, an African jargon which translates ‘ CHARM’ is enough reason the entire industry is certain that Kweku Greene is a perfect fit to carry on the respected Ghanaian music legacy.
On ‘Juju’, the singer admires the bodily features of his partner and gave guidelines on how lovers especially guy’s will win the hearts of their partners with appellations. It has this groovy feel created to fit all genres of occasions.
Fans of Kweku Greene (Greenades) and music enthusiasts are super excited for this news and for the record, no artiste can boast of such genuine support. He keeps soaring higher each day with his creative dynamism.
Juju has come to bridge the gap between local and international acts as it has got all the elements to match the Burna boy’s or even better. As usual, the singer, known for his amazing voice garnished the song in a style that is beyond the reach of any Ghanaian artiste.
The song was creatively produced by Two Bars and can be accessed on all download portals. Get interactive on social media by following these handles.
DredW Serves Up New Single ‘LOML’ Featuring Wondaboy | LISTEN
Ghanaian super producer and disc jockey DredW, drops another powerful song titled ‘LOML’, featuring Nigerian singer, Wondaboy. The two have built some chemistry after working together on creating ‘Choco Milo’, the producer’s debut release. ‘LOML’ is available globally here: https://ampl.ink/prGxD
On this mid-tempo Afrobeat record, the singer delivers with his pleasing textured voice, backed by sweet saxophone melodies to make you want to enjoy the moments with that special one. ”This song is a vibe for you and the love of your life. The beat is a soothing one that allows Wondaboy to flex his singing and writing skills. The saxophonist did a good job backing Wondaboy with sweet tones”, expresses DredW.
‘LOML’, a single taken off DredW’s forthcoming EP which will definitely cement his status as one of the finest and hardworking Ghanaian producers. Support this talent by streaming and sharing ‘LOML’ with your friends and loved ones.
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Blvck Vaper Speaks Deep In His New Project – “MindTrap EP” | LISTEN
Talented US-based Ghanaian rapper on his way up in his new music career has finally released his new project. Already released a couple of songs, the rapper is giving us more of himself by in his new Project.
Titled “MindTrap”, the EP is a 6-track Tape that talks against hate, racism, betrayal, and more. The Hip-Hop EP goes on to focus on doing loving each other, supporting each other, showing appreciation, and more.
The tape is available on all digital stores worldwide.
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Veteran Ghanaian musician and of the nation’s finest guitarists, Aka Blay teams up with Trigmatic to deliver a beautiful ballad for your absolute listening pleasure.
Titled ‘Susanna’, Aka Blay and Trigmatic perform the song as a duet, with their silky vocals and cadence stringed together by guitar strings which are wholesome to the soul. Like the song’s title, Susanna is the mystery girl and center piece of this sweet-sounding tune. Both artists sing their hearts out to the damsel, calling on her to come back home.
A phenomenal and versatile player, Aka Blay has grown comfortable with a variety of genres including: Highlife, Reggae, Jazz, Afrobeat, Blues and Rock over his many years of musical acumen which span an incredible 31 years.
Accordingly, Aka Blay describes himself as a man constantly in search of new musical knowledge, with no signs of slowing down. ‘Susanna’ sounds original as it is charming. It’s a perfect blend of strings and vocals, pieced together elegantly to brighten up your soul.
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