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Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by naptu2: 7:44pm On Jun 20, 2015
[size=14pt]BREAKING: Iconic Nigerian musician, DanMaraya Jos, is dead. [/size]

June 20, 2015Abdulrahman Abdulmalik

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One of the most respected Nigerian musicians from the north of the country, Adamu Wayya, best known as Danmaraya Jos, is dead, his friend and close associate, Ladan Salihu, has announced. He was 69.

“Inaa Lillaahi Wa Innaa ilaiHir raaji’un. One of Nigeria’s foremost Hausa musicians, poet, philosopher and philanthropist, Dr Adamu Danmaraya Jos has answered Allah’s call about an hour ago,” Mr. Salihu, the Director General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), announced at about 4P.M Saturday on his Facebook page.

Mr. Salihu continued, “He died in Jos after a protracted illness. When I visited him two weeks ago, he spoke passionately about the Unity of the North and of one Nigeria. I remember when he insisted that my late father gave out the his (Danmaraya’s) adopted daughter’s hand in marriage some 15 years ago.“We shared many moments. He was to me a brother and a friend. I am devastated. But I am proud he lived a very useful life, transforming society through music and silently through Islamic endeavours. May Allah grant him Aljannatul Firdaws. Amin.

For the record he was a recipient of the National Honours of MON, OON and United Nations Peace Medal.”

DanMaraya is known for performing at key events across the country. His last known public performance was at the Peoples Democratic Party’s fund raising dinner in Abuja before the 2015 general election.

He performed brilliantly that Dec 20, 2014, and shook hands with then President Goodluck Jonathan and other dignitaries at the event after his performance.

His death has thrown a lot of his fans into deep mourning, with some taking to Facebook to mourn his departure.

Liz Asabe Ikilama, a lawyer, wrote, “A couple of days ago, I was telling Dami my son about him and his songs. I said to him ‘Dan Adam mai wuyan gane hali, ‘in anyi rana yace anyi, in anyi dare yace anyi dare’! I said when you are given hot potatoes and carrots,you’d say why is it too hot. If you are given the cold one, you’d complain too.“I told him how philosophical Dan Marayan Jos Songs were! He asked if I have met him, do I know his house? I said when we were kids, he was staying around/off Bauchi road? I wasn’t too sure. But I told him that I met him when I was in Law school Lagos at 1004 housing estate in Uncle Ladan Salihu’s house.”

“A colossal loss to the whole of art, entertainment, and humanity in general. He was a musician with a unique character and talent,” another fan, Mukhtar Abubakar Usman, wrote. “His was unparalleled.”


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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by naptu2: 7:45pm On Jun 20, 2015
Below is Wikipedia entry on the late musician.

Dan Maraya Jos (born Adamu Wayya in 1946 – 20 June 2015) is a Nigerian Hausa Griot best known for playing the kontigi. Dan Maraya Jos, whose name means “The Little Orphan of Jos”, was born in 1946 and Died Saturday, 20 June 2015 in B’ukur, near Jos in Plateau State, Nigeria. His Islamic name is Adamu, but his father died shortly after his birth and his mother died while he was still an infant, hence the name by which everyone knows him.

Dan Maraya’s father was a court musician for the Emir of Bukur, who took Dan Maraya under his care when his parents died. Dan Maraya showed an early interest in music and came under the influence of local professional musicians. During a trip to Maiduguri while he was still a pre-teen, he was impressed by musicians there and made a kuntigi, with which he has accompanied himself ever since.

The kuntigi is a small, single-stringed lute. The body is usually a large, oval-shaped sardine can covered with goatskin. Dan Maraya and other kuntigi players are solo performers who accompany themselves with a rapid ostinato on the kuntigi. During instrumental interludes they repeat a fixed pattern for the song they are playing, but while singing, they will often change the notes of the pattern to parallel the melody they are singing.

Like most professional musicians, the mainstay of Dan Maraya’s repertoire is praise singing, but Dan Maraya singles out his personal heros rather than the rich and famous. His first, and perhaps still his most famous song is “Wak’ar Karen Mota” [“Song of the Driver’s Mate”] in praise of the young men who get passengers in and out of minivan buses and do the dirty work of changing tires, pushing broken down vans, and the like. During the Nigerian Civil War, he composed numerous songs in praise of soldiers of the federal army and incorporated vivid accounts of scenes from the war in his songs.

Many of his songs incorporate social commentary. These include the songs on marriage in the study here, which probably date from the early 1970’s. One might argue that they are really one large song, and in performance, Dan Maraya incoporates lines from each of them. However, the recordings that serve as the basis for this study have three distinct musical settings, and the songs themselves have three different themes. “Jawabin Aure” [“Discourse on Marriage”] lists the problems attendant in divorce and admonishes married couples to try to patch up their differences. “Auren Dole” [“Forced Marriage”] decries the practice of families arranging marriages for their daughters rather than letting them decide on their own mates. “Gulma-Wuya” [“The Busybody”] describes a neighborhood gossip who works in collusion with a boka (a practitioner in casting spells, removing evil spirits, etc.) to disrupt marriages by sowing dissension between women and their husbands. The latter song is amusing in that Dan Maraya performs it as a drama, imitating the voices of the different characters as they speak, a technique that he has used in other songs as well. [Compiled by Aliyu Badeggi].

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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by dljbd1(m): 8:00pm On Jun 20, 2015
Chai!

RIP.... cry


Meanwhile grin

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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by Nobody: 8:00pm On Jun 20, 2015
Obscure.... RIP tho

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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by hucienda: 8:00pm On Jun 20, 2015
Remembered his performance at a function with ex-President Jonathan in attendance.

RIP Sir.

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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by agarawu23(m): 8:00pm On Jun 20, 2015
rip

but I don't know him sha

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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by atlwireles: 8:00pm On Jun 20, 2015
Never heard of him.

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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by Lasgidy1(m): 8:00pm On Jun 20, 2015
Eya. What a huge loss. May Allah grant the bereaved and all his fans the fortitude to bear this deep loss. I love his Hausa muzik and tunes too.
Adieu Baba

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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by cococandy(f): 8:00pm On Jun 20, 2015
Iconic?
I don't know him.

Rest in peace

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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by mosmartini(m): 8:01pm On Jun 20, 2015
Rip Dan Maraya Job.
Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by Nobody: 8:01pm On Jun 20, 2015
R I P
Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by Nobody: 8:01pm On Jun 20, 2015
Quite a well known face on TV up North.

RIP

Video of the man here

I was not into his music...but growing up North, you had him being played either as a filler...or occasionally for 30 minutes.(on good old NTA Kaduna).

Hope Nigeria continues to honor its traditional music....of all tribes. (Instead of that hip wetin?)

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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by teewhydope(m): 8:02pm On Jun 20, 2015
Ok
Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by Nobody: 8:02pm On Jun 20, 2015
Rip
Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by DICKtator: 8:03pm On Jun 20, 2015
R.I.P.

grin grin grin grin
Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by mcdokwe(m): 8:03pm On Jun 20, 2015
Learnt he is good with the tunes. Any links to his works?
RIP to him and to us all in advance

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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by Ishilove: 8:03pm On Jun 20, 2015
Noooooooooooooo!!!

*sob* cry cry
Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by naptu2: 8:03pm On Jun 20, 2015
Dan Mariya Jos at PDP's fund raising dinner.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKOiugaCwEA

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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by madridguy(m): 8:03pm On Jun 20, 2015
Ina lilahi wahina ilehin rajihuna...ramata aleiha

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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by Nobody: 8:04pm On Jun 20, 2015
oma shey oh
Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by sibb2011: 8:04pm On Jun 20, 2015
RIP Sir

cry
Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by jaypee01: 8:04pm On Jun 20, 2015
RIP
Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by kglamour(m): 8:04pm On Jun 20, 2015
The man was as popular as ayinde barrister in s/w, May their gentle souls rest in perfect peace

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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by richardjemedafe1(m): 8:06pm On Jun 20, 2015
Jesus christ...may hIS JENTLE SOUL REST in peace...we love u bt God loves u more..*tearskiss
Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by kelvz(m): 8:06pm On Jun 20, 2015
69? Hmmm.. Sumtin tells me he's gonna be a porn star in his nxt life..





BTw r.i.p

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Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by Nobody: 8:07pm On Jun 20, 2015
Just told my mum.

She knows the guy. I don't.
Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by typ111: 8:07pm On Jun 20, 2015
Rip to the dead, long live the living.
Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by Nobody: 8:07pm On Jun 20, 2015
RIP
Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by izuch(m): 8:08pm On Jun 20, 2015
Rip sir.
Re: Dan Maraya Jos Is Dead by DoubleFaith(m): 8:09pm On Jun 20, 2015
R.I.P Dan Maraya Jos.

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