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Veteran Musician Victor Olaiya Is Dead

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Veteran highlife musician Victor Olaiya has died at the age of 89 at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

His death was made known to newsmen by Michael Odiong of Premiere Music, the record label that holds his music repertoire.

According to Odiong, the Baby Jowo crooner died at exactly 5pm on Wednesday.

Papingo Dalaya, as the highlife aficionado is called, was born on the 31st of December, 1930 in Calabar, Cross River State butgrew from Ijesha-Ishu, Ekiti State.

He retired from his long music career in 2017 and had some hit tracks like Omopupa, Aigana, Pambotoriboto, Opataritius, Mo fe Muyan, Jemila, Kosowo l’ode, Odale Ore, So fun mi, Omolanke, Tina Mate, among others.

The highlife legend sang with Innocent Idibia called Tubaba in the remix of Baby Jowo in 2013.

Olaiya setup his band, the Cool Cats in 1954 but later renamed it the All-Star.

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