Death of veteran Highlife musician, Orlando Julius Olusanya Ekemode better known as Orlando Julius, has been confirmed.

The news was confirmed via a Facebook post of Managing director of Evergreen Music, Bimbo Esho

Orlando Julius music career took flight in the 60s when Eddie Okonta invited him to join his band. Before then, he had been tutored by Highlife musician Jazz Romero. With Okonta’s band, Julius performed in many gigs and opened for the American trumpeter and vocalist Louis Armstrong.

In subsequent years, he would play with other bands, including Hugh Masakela and opened for other high profile international acts. Julius also opened for the iconic American musician James Brown.

He released his first hit ‘Jagua Nana’ in 1965 and went on to tour West Africa. Julius formed the Ashiko movement and taught people his style of music although he did not stay in this position for long.

The saxophonist, a native of Ijebu Ijesha in Osun State, had his last breath at the age of 79.

Pa Ekemode, a veteran internationally recognized singer will be remembered for many of his hit songs among which is Jagur Nana, Ololufe, to mention a few.

ThisDay/Cynthia Akere

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