Highlife music icon, Godwin Kabaka of the renowned Oriental Brothers band, passes away at the age of 77

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Godwin Kabaka of the renowned Oriental Brothers band

The music world mourns the loss of legendary Highlife musician and co-founder of Oriental Brothers International Band, Godwin Kabaka Opara, who passed away at the age of 77.

Derda Promotions, Kabaka’s record label, confirmed his passing in a statement to Cable LifeStyle, with Chief Operating Officer Ammarachi Anyanwu disclosing that the musician breathed his last on Thursday. The cause of his demise was not disclosed.

In a heartfelt announcement, Derda Promotions expressed deep sadness over the loss of Kabaka, describing him as an esteemed artist who revolutionized Highlife music. Kabaka’s musical journey was marked by his infectious rhythms, heartfelt lyrics, and unparalleled guitar skills that brought joy to countless fans.

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Co-founding The Oriental Brothers International Band in 1973, Kabaka became a driving force in the Highlife scene, renowned for his socially conscious lyrics and authentic sound. His solo career, which began in 1976 with The Kabaka International Guitar Band, saw the release of fourteen albums and chart-topping hits like ‘Mangala Special.’

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Throughout his illustrious career, Kabaka showcased his versatility by exploring Ezebongo rhythms and collaborating with bands like The Imo City Band. His triumphant return in September 2023 with the album “The Return of Kabaka” marked a celebrated comeback after a hiatus, supported by Derda Promotions.

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Among Kabaka’s notable albums with the Oriental Brothers are classics like ‘Uwa Atualamujo/Ihe Chinyere,’ ‘Ihe Oma,’ and ‘Oriental Special,’ each contributing to his legacy as a Highlife legend.

As the music industry mourns the loss of Godwin Kabaka Opara, his timeless melodies and profound impact on Highlife music will continue to resonate with generations to come.

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