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Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by Opharhe: 12:56am On Aug 13, 2017
It is grief that we have received the news of the passing away of a great Urhobo music icon, Sir Juju Debala of Aladja.

Sir Juju, you have done your part, left your mark and made us proud. Sail safely to the other side of the River as you enter the abode of the ancestors.
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Obuile r'Ode, Akpo k'Edefa!


May his soul rest in peace.

Friday, the greatest shock of the century hit the Urhobo nation. One of its finest musical maestro paid homage to the ancestral world.

Sir Juju Debala as he was fondly called by all, was the very first Urhobo artiste to have performed in England in 1948.

SIR JUJU DEBALA: A BRIEF PROFILE (By Prof G.G. Darah & Peter Omoko)


Sir Juju Onojefe Debala is a complex of a miracle, an enigma and dilemma tale. He is similar to the tale of the handicapped child who grows up to be a genius and prodigy. Born blind, deaf and lame, he has emerged as one of the most eloquent and celebrated composer-singer-performers of Africa in the 20th century. Musicologists rank him along with Fela Anikulapo-Kuti of Nigeria and Miriam Makeba of South Africa. From 1965 to 2012, Sir Juju’s musical groups produced over 100 audio-tape cassettes and CDs. He has had more than 2,500 live performances on the average of 50 per year. The group has entertained at spectacular events in Lagos, Ibadan, Ile-Ife, Okitipupa, Port Harcourt, Benin, Ughelli, with hundreds of appearances in the Warri-Effurun metropolis and environs. The name “Juju” derived from the inauspicious conditions of his childhood. For several years he could neither stand up nor walk.


Baffled by this “spirit” child, his father, Ocheria Debala, took him one day in a boat from Aladja to Warri and dumped him at the feet of the great medicine man, Mokunghegbe of Iyara Quarters. On sighting the child, the notable Urhobo healer exclaimed: “OnanaEdjo” meaning “Juju” to express his sense of wonder. The Iyara herbal doctor cured the child of his ailments; he started to see, to talk and, at last, to walk. The name Juju stuck to him thereafter and for good. Sir Juju is the prodigy of his father, Debala, who was one of the first Urhobo musicians to travel to England in 1948 to produce the record, “Sokolobia”. Sir Juju formed his juvenile Adjuya group at the age 13 in 1963. He later joined with Udjabo Okololo, also of Aladja, to establish the “Fashione” genre of popular music for which they are known. Juju and Udjabo are the most elegant duets in contemporary Urhobo musical experience. Udjabo passed away in 1997. About 3,000 lines of the songs have been transcribed and translated. Among the bestseller albums are



Motumolo, Ededon, Indian, Ikoriko, Abamwa, Eduba, Bidofo, Enavwose, Mariere: the Midwest Nationalist, and Ubido: Epic of the Brave and Just. The romantic and love numbers of all time include No Apprentice in Enjoyment; Ogo Me Biko or Ode to a Stubborn In-Law; Rose: My Darling; and Margaret: My Sweet Heart. The sobriquet “Sir” was added to his name by Mr Bricks, the Managing Director of Philips West African Studios in Lagos to distinguish him from Yoruba juju musicians. The group also produced for Emi Studios, Electromat, Decca Studios, Palofon Studios all in Lagos and Iyanda Studio in Ibadan. Their notable contemporaries include Omokomoko Osokpa, Ogute Ottan, J.C. Ogbiniki, Johnson Adjan, OkpanArhibo, America Djalere, Lucky Okwe, Nathaniel Oruma, and Lady Rose Okiriguo.

http://pengician.com/2017/08/urhobo-musical-maestro-sir-juju-debala-passes-on-at-70/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTJgOD5YJrI

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by Opharhe: 1:00am On Aug 13, 2017
A wonderful duet they made, Sir Juju and Udjabor. So much philosophy and beautiful melodies.
Sleep on, great men.

Cc
Fratermathy
Evestar200
Efewestern
Onosprince

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by Sebastine1994(m): 1:37am On Aug 13, 2017
I love the graveyard because it is our final resting place on earth. I keep wondering how each dead man lived his life. Somehow all these earthly pride dies with us. Both the shy and noisy are all under the ground. Please my people visit the graveyard once in a while and reflect on your existence. That is the best form of motivation. Anyone of us can die anytime, so dont think YOURSELF special

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by Efewestern: 6:15am On Aug 13, 2017
Still remember this guy, listen to some of his tracks, may his soul rest in peace.

lalasticlala
seun

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by alberto2k: 11:03am On Aug 13, 2017
I'm not an indomie génération but i dont know this dude undecided

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by kinggeecee: 11:03am On Aug 13, 2017
I dnt know him sha..
Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by Tochex101(m): 11:04am On Aug 13, 2017
Cc napt2u
Cc Ishilove
Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by melojo: 11:04am On Aug 13, 2017
Okkk o.all die na die
Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by Nine11: 11:05am On Aug 13, 2017
OK oo
Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by swiz123(m): 11:05am On Aug 13, 2017
Half of the people that will comment won't read that long write up.
BTW, I thought it was dybala
Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by MrImole: 11:06am On Aug 13, 2017
I have almost mistaken him for Sir Shins Peters...


RIP icon



You'll be missed.

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by john4reala(m): 11:06am On Aug 13, 2017
RIP Great footballer ...

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by KinzyeWriter(m): 11:06am On Aug 13, 2017
Ehya
Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by omooba969(m): 11:07am On Aug 13, 2017
Who's he & where's he from?
Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by brosdoncome(m): 11:08am On Aug 13, 2017
His juju has finally killed him

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by Jemc(m): 11:09am On Aug 13, 2017
This thing wey kill juju strong kakarakaa

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by popej5(m): 11:09am On Aug 13, 2017
may his soul rest in peace cry
Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by modelmike7(m): 11:09am On Aug 13, 2017
RIP Sir Juju
Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by babablogger: 11:14am On Aug 13, 2017
grin footballer ke?

I'm very sure you did not read the post
john4reala:
RIP Great footballer ...

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by Boyooosa(m): 11:17am On Aug 13, 2017
kinggeecee:
I dnt know him sha..
EVEN ME TOO BUT RIP.

Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by nams77: 11:21am On Aug 13, 2017
Rip icon. Funnily, I don't know him. I know Johnson adjan and okpan and that other dude omokomoko. Life Sha... No man is truly a pinacle of knowledge
Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by HarkymTheOracle(m): 11:24am On Aug 13, 2017
RIP TO HIM


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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by webbro007(m): 11:26am On Aug 13, 2017
rip sir juju of ighwre qtrs,a man of honest, orator of d truth from d Brotugbare family,rest on papa.

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by walezon(m): 12:23pm On Aug 13, 2017
Dont know him, abi he no blow well ni like Iyanya?
Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by Timfreds(m): 12:25pm On Aug 13, 2017
Sir juju RIP. we don't have musicians of his type anymore. Juju and Udjabo great duet urhobo nation will never forget.

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by jojothaiv(m): 12:26pm On Aug 13, 2017
Many men shall die,


Only few have live..


Sleep on Sir!

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by Timfreds(m): 12:30pm On Aug 13, 2017
Sir Juju and Udjabo were legends in the rank of Emma and Lazarus of voice of the Cross.

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by AntiWailer: 12:49pm On Aug 13, 2017
Rip sir Juju
Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by Sirjohn84(m): 2:26pm On Aug 13, 2017
Remeber playing some of plate on my dad turntable..rip sir juju..ur music lives on

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Re: Sir Juju Debala Dies At 70 by DonMekino(m): 3:46pm On Aug 13, 2017
Ohhhh Aaron Ramsey scored a goal for Arsenal on Friday..... If you know wat I mean

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