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..
This untimely incident happened at Luth hospital Lagos State at exactly 12noon today Wednesday 12th of February, 2020.
We pray that the Doyen of highlife music find repose with the creator while wishing the family and entire music community the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.
And to my name sake Abimbola Olaiya I will miss your contribution to HIGHLIFE MUSIC . Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya celebrated his 89th birth on December 31st, 2019..
Papingo Dalaya, as the highlife maestro is called, was born on the 31st of December, 1930 in Calabar, Cross River State but hails from Ijesha-Ishu, Ekiti State.
He retired from his long music career in 2017 and had some hit tracks like Omopupa, Aigana, Pambotoriboto, Opataritius, Mo fe Muyan, Jemila, Kosowo l’ode, Odale Ore, So fun mi, Omolanke, Tina Mate, among others.
The highlife legend featured Innocent Idibia called Tubaba in the remix of Baby Jowo in 2013.
Olaiya formed his band, the Cool Cats in 1954 but later renamed it the All-Star.
His passing was announced by Bimbo Esho. Managing Director of Evergreen Music Company Ltd.