Yesterday, “music” died at 89.
Verily verily, it will not be wrong to say that as life passes, those we hold dear to our “eyes” takes steps close to eternity somehow, as already done by Nigerian High life Legend, Victor Olaiya.
YES! Victor Olaiya is dead. “Music” is dead.
Announcing his passing, the legends record label, Evergreen Music, without confirming the cause of his death, shocked the world with a touching message while the music industry is in bare celebration of wins in different shades.
The label wrote:
“The entire music world wish 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,” Evergreen Music Company said as reported by The Nation.
“We pray that the soul of the Doyen of Highlife music finds repose with his Creator while wishing the family and entire music community the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.”
Rest in Peace!
Undoubtedly, an irreplaceable loss!
Victor Olaiya born on December 31st 1930 in Calabar, Cross River state, ruled the industry with his inspired Ghanaian high life.
The highlight of his career among others was when his newly renamed band, All Star Band, played at the 1963 international Jazz Festival in Czechoslovakia.
The legend did and lived for music all through his life, but with initial resistance from his parents who ensured he had the best of education at Howard University in the United States to study Civil Engineering.
Little wonder he had the metrics of music engineering at his disposal in his hey days.
Anyway, now that “music” as passed on, he is survived by wife, children and grandchildren who we hope will have one at least, take on the mantle left behind by the High life Legend.
Instead of mourning, we at Afrobeats360.com celebrate a life well lived for music, We say, once again, RIP Legend.
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