Highlife musician, Kabaka is dead

Legendary highlife singer Godwin ‘Kabaka’ Opara earlier today passed away at the age of 77.

Kabaka’s record label, Derda Promotions announced his demise in a statement on Friday.

“Derda Promotions is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our esteemed artist, Godwin Kabaka Opara, an icon who pioneered and revolutionized Highlife music, on March 21st, 2024,” the statement reads in part.

He was a talented and popular song writer and guitarist whose contagious highlife music delighted many admirers.

Here are five things to know about the late singer:

He hails from Umuawara Umuoye Imerienwe, Ngor Okpala, Imo State.

Just after the Nigerian Civil War, Kabaka, alongside Dr Sir Warrior, Dan Satch Opara, Nathaniel Ejiogu, and Prince Ichita, formed the Oriental Brothers International. The band released a total of 39 studio albums, 7 compilations, and 4 extended plays.

He received a gold disc award after the release of the ‘Five Fingers’ album. Also, his hit single ‘Mangala’ received a silver disc award.

In 1977, he formed his group, Kabaka International Guitar Band, following unresolved differences among the Oriental Brothers band

May his soul rest in perfect peace …. Amen