Lovers of traditional ‘Sakara’ music in Ondo state have described the death of a 100-year old Sakara music exponent, Alhaji Amuda Obanla, aka Okoja, as a great loss to the entertainment industry.
Many of his admirers spoke to our reporter in Ikare, headquarters of Akoko North East Local Government described the Centenarian as a talented music composer and community leader.
Obanla was the first Akoko musician to wax records in the mid-60s under the then Decca Records and later with late Bolarinwa Abioro with the likes of Sunny Ade, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Idowu Animashahun (Apola King).
His type of Sakara music was like that of Yusuf Olatunji, aka, Ojindo and Kasumu Adio.
In those days, he won many awards at musical concerts
Late Amuda waxed many records to his credit among which ‘Baba Eleshin’ shot him to the limelight.
Amuda baba Eleshin recently granted interview to Radio Nigeria positive FM, Akure on a popular programme, Agbawumi anchored by Segun Akanmu, where he described Radio Nigeria Ibadan’s efforts on him those days as catalyst to his musical success story.
Sympathisers, particularly lovers of his music had been flooding his residence while his last year’s ‘Awodi Oku’ record tracks are being played around old Motor park in Ikare-Akoko.
He has since been buried at his residence, Okoja street, Ikare Akoko, according to Muslim rites.
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