Veteran Nigerian Highlife Singer Orlando Julius Has Passed On at 79 – Veteran highlife musician Orlando Julius is dead. The 79-year-old ‘Jagua Nana’ singer was confirmed dead Thursday night.
The passing of Orlando Julius’ death was announced in the early hours of Friday by his wife, Latoya Ekemode. She said that Julius passed away in his sleep on Thursday night.
“YES, MY HUSBAND PASSED ON LATE LAST NIGHT, THERE WAS NO INDICATION
THAT DEATH WAS COMING, HE WAS NOT ILL, HE ONLY SLEPT AND DIED IN HIS SLEEP,”
The ‘A dara, a dara’ singer’s death was also confirmed by music promoter, Bimbo Esho. According to her, she received a message that informed her of his passing. She said:
“Bimbo, Daddy Has Passed On….This was the message I stumbled on waking up at exactly 3 am to peruse my WhatsApp page. It was a message sent to me by Orlando Julius’ beautiful and supportive wife Lady Latoya”.
Orlando Julius, a native of Ijebu Ijesha, was taken by the cold hands of death and breathed his last at the age of 79.
According to his Wiki profile, Julius was born in 1943 in Ikole, Nigeria to a merchant family during British colonialism. His first musical teacher was his mother, who would sing and dance while he played drums.
Julius, was a saxophonist, singer, band leader, and songwriter closely associated with afrobeat music. Some of his musical albums were: Disco Hi-Life, Ololufe, Love, Peace and Happiness; Dance Afrobeat and more.