Sir Victor Olaiya Passes On At 89
One of highlife music legends, Sir Victor Olaiya, has passed on in Lagos, aged 89 years, after a brief illness.
Olaiya, was one of the pillars of highlife music and continued to attract both old and young artistes, died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, on earlier today.
The deceased, who celebrated his 89 birthday last December, was confirmed dead by Managing Director of Evergreen Music Company Ltd., Bimbo Esho.
Olaiya's music bridged Ghanaian highlife and what would become Afrobeat
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His musical style was influenced by James Brown, with horn parts harmonised in Brown's style, as opposed to the mostly unison lines of Afrobeat.
The music includes the swinging percussion of Tony Allen, but not the syncopated style that Allen later pioneered.
Olaiya released an album with Ghanaian highlife musician E. T. Mensah.
Both the drummer Tony Allen and vocalist Fela Kuti played with Olaiya and went on to achieve individual success.
In July 2013, Victor Olaiya released a music video remix of Baby Jowo(Baby Mi Da)with 2face idibia and was received with much acclaim.