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The Highlife music legend, Victor Olaiya, dies at 89!
A statement by his label, Evergreen Music Company, confirmed his death.
Its Managing Director Bimbo Esho said:
“The entire music world wish to announce the death of a Legend of Highlife music, One of the last man standing, the last of the original Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya OON..
“We pray that the soul of the Doyen of highlife music find repose with his creator while wishing the family and entire music community the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.”
2Baba took to his Instagram page to reveal how hearing the news of the highlife singer’s death left him devastated. Both singers worked together by making a classic remix to the track “Baby Jowo” so they must have shared a special bond.
2baba went on and thanked the singer for creating beautiful music and being a source of inspiration to him. He also added that he feels honored to have shared a stage and mic with him.
He wrote, “Devastated by the news of your passing. Dr. Victor Olaiya – maestro, mentor, legend. Thanks for the beautiful music. Thanks for the inspiration. Blessed for the honour of sharing a mic and stage with you. Rest in peace baba.”