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Orlando Julius (NG)

Orlando Julius (born Orlando Julius Aremu Olusanya Ekemode, 1943) is a Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is credited as one of the first musicians to fuse US R&B into traditional highlife music, creating his own influential Afrobeat sound during the mid-‘60s. From his time playing in the USA during the 1970s onwards, he is credited with bringing African music to a broader audience and famously co-composed the song ‘Going Back To My Roots’ with Lamont Dozier. He still plays and records regularly today.

An indigene of Ilesha in Osun State, Orlando Julius Ekemode was born in Ikole-Ekiti to a trading family. His father first traded in Abeokuta before moving to Ikole-Ekiti where he was given a piece...

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