Veteran musician, Orlando Julius, dies at 79

Legendary Nigerian highlife musician, Orlando Julius, is dead. His family confirmed that he died on Thursday night at the age of 79.

According to NAN, his wife, Latoya Ekemode, said, “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 news was also confirmed by Afrobeat musician, Femi Kuti, who shared a photo of the deceased on social media.

“Just heard of the passing of Mr Orlando Julius, RIP Sir, condolences to his family, praying for strength and comfort for his family at this difficult time.

He was a great musician and great saxophonist,” Femi Kuti wrote.

Orlando Julius, was a saxophonist, singer, band leader, and songwriter closely associated with afrobeat music. Albums include Disco Hi-Life, Ololufe, Love, Peace and Happiness; Dance Afrobeat and more.

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