Popular Nigerian saxophonist, Orlando Julius is dead and he died at the age of 79.
His family reported his death to the Media, but they revealed they have no idea what caused it.
Music executive, Bimbo Esho, also confirmed Orlando Julius’s death on her Facebook page early Today.
Orlando Julius was a saxophonist, singer, band leader, and songwriter who was also closely associated with Afrobeat music.
He was born in the year 1943 in Ikole Ekit satet, in the South West of Nigeria.
Reports say that his mother taught him how to sing, and he fell in love with singing when he joined his school choir in 1957. Following his father’s death, he graduated from high school and relocated to Ibadan to pursue a career in music.
‘It was because of me, Fela Anikulapo started to love playing the saxophone,’ Orlando Julius said in one of the interviews.
In 1960, Orlando Julius joined the popular singing group Eddy Okonta, and the two produced albums together. In the same year, he collaborated with BBC to create his first piece of music, Igbeyin Adara.
One of the songs that made Orlando Julius popular was “Jaguar Nana,” which was released on 1965.
He toured across West Africa because of that song, then later traveled to Europe before going to the United States in 1971 to learn more about music production.
Many of his fans consider him as “one of the last Nigerian titans of the highlife music genre”.
Other songs that he produced include Ololufe mi, Back to My Roots, Adara, and many other albums.