One of Nigeria’s juju music legends, Dayo ‘Wonder Boy’ Kujore, a rave of the moment in the early 1990s, is dead. He died barely a month after his wedding.
“Yes, he died today,” his son Adedoyin Kujore, who is also a juju music artiste, told Netng on Monday afternoon.
Adedoyin didn’t give further details.
Dare Olateju, a juju music artiste, told Netng that the late singer “just got married a few weeks ago.”
Kujore, who created his brand of juju music named Soko, started his music journey as a guitarist playing for several musicians like Prince Adekunle and S.A Oni.
During his time as a guitarist with different bands, he discovered he could also sing and took music as a career.
Kujore broke into the juju music scene in 1991 with his album ‘Super Jet’.
He told Punch newspaper in 2013 that his fans gave him the moniker ‘Wonder Boy’ after being impressed with his mastery in playing the guitar and keyboard at a tender age.
Tolu Obey, juju music artiste and son of juju music legend Ebenezer Obey, told Netng that the late singer was “one of the pioneers of the three brands of juju music, and he will be greatly missed.”
Obey, who expressed shock at the news of Kujore’s death when Netng called him on Monday afternoon for comments, said the late singer contributed immensely to music in Nigeria.
“Through his music, he has mentored a lot of young artistes and charted a course for many young Nigerian singers, and there’s no way you want to talk about African music without mentioning his name,” he said.
Biodun Kupoluyi, CEO of FlipTV, who told Netng he was was supposed to be at Kujore’s wedding three weeks ago, described his death as a very painful exit.
He said the late singer “opened the door for a generation of Nigerian artistes, and he will be missed for his good works.”
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