'New Masquerade' soundtrack's creator to be buried on Dec 18

Akakem described late Orji, known for his work “Edikwansa” in the signature tune of the now rested NTA’s New Masquerade as an inspirational singer whose music goes with events and originality.

Nze Dan Orji

The former Chairman of Iwuanyanwu National Football Club, now Heartland Football Club, Lemmy Akakem, gave the advice at the unveiling of the burial programme of a music legend Nze Dan Orji in Owerri on Friday.

Upcoming musicians have been advised to imbibe the spirit of professionalism and originality in their music in order to leave a lasting legacy to future generations.

He said originality in music helps in the uplift of the cultural heritage of people and makes the musician an icon to reckon with.

He described plagiarism in music and art work as an unfortunate trend associated with some musicians and writers, and urged all to desist from it and embrace genuineness in every way of life.

Akakem described late Orji, known for his work in the signature tune of the now rested NTA’s as an inspirational singer whose music goes with events and originality.

He said Orji went into music for the love of it and not for the financial gains, as such inspired his generation and left a legacy for himself.

He urged upcoming musicians to emulate him.

Akakem, also chairman of the burial committee, said late Orji started his highlife music carrier at the age of 10.

He said he was involved in the formation of Racas, Peacock International and Skylarks International Bands. "In all, he was the vocalist, composer and arranger.

“Orji started his highlife music many years back. He had waxed so many records which promoted our cultural heritage.

“We salute his ingenuity and resilience in charting the course of music in our domain.

“Highlife and bongo benefitted immensely from his compositions”, he said.

Akakem said there would be musical tribute on Dec. 16, Service of Songs on Dec. 17 at his family compound and burial on Dec. 18.

He commended PEMAN, Bongo musicians, national and international musicians for indicating interest to attend the burial of Orji.

Orji, who hailed from Aro-Orji Uratta in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo, died on July 30 during illness.

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