Orlando Julius, Nigeria’s Afrobeat pioneer, lived for his art

Sanya Osha, University of Cape Town Orlando Julius (Orlando Julius Aremu Olusanya Ekemode), who passed on 15 April 2022, lived the sort of life many had hoped fellow Afrobeat star Fela Kuti would. Julius was well-mannered, well-spoken and cultivated a reputation mostly devoid of raucousness and pyrotechnics. Born in 1943 at Ikole-Ekiti, south west Nigeria, his first major musical experience as a boy was serving … Continue reading Orlando Julius, Nigeria’s Afrobeat pioneer, lived for his art