Benin Music Legend, Amb Osayomore Joseph Is Dead

One of the early pioneers of African popular highlife music, Osayomore Joseph, has passed away.

Osayomore, who was born in Ugha village near Benin City, Edo State, passed on this morning, Saturday June 11.

He was one of the early pioneers of African popular highlife music.

He was sometimes referred to as the “Fela Kuti of Benin”, as like Fela, he too was imprisoned for speaking out against the government in his music.

His educational, anti-corruption, and government critical lyrics sung in Edo but also in pidgin English reached a wide audience worldwide.

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