Osayomore Joseph, the veteran highlife musician, has passed away.

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Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, confirmed his death in a statement on Saturday.

It is understood that the musician died in the early hours of the day.

In the statement, Obaseki said he is saddened by the singer’s death.

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The governor also said the deceased’s contribution to the creative industry in the Edo was “remarkable and transformational.”

“I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of music maestro, ambassador Osayomore Joseph, who took the music world by storm with his talent and exported the Benin culture to the world,” he wrote.

“Osayomore Joseph was an enigmatic and versatile musician, who spread didactic messages with his soulful and sonorous voice.

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“His contribution to the creative industry in Edo State is as remarkable as it is transformational. He was a crucial voice in the quest to make society better and more livable with his music which focused on serious issues.

“His long music career, which started in the 1970s, was very productive and enriched the lives of many. The boldness and candour enmeshed in his rhythmic melodies earned him local and international acclaim.

“I commiserate with the Osayomore family, fans and friends of the illustrious musician and pray that God will grant all the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”

The deceased, born in Ugha village near Benin City, had an illustrious music career. He was considered one of the early pioneers of African popular Highlife music.

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He was also popular for using his songs to address issues confronting the society.

Some of his songs include ‘Omonogie’ and ‘Who Know Man.’

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