The Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria, PMAN, has described the late Victor Olaiya, as one of Nigeria’s greatest influencers saying his death is painful.
The PMAN President, Mr Obi Casmire, said the role played by the high life legend in the music industry cannot be overemphasized.
“We are indeed pained over the death of Dr Olaiya which occurred yesterday afternoon, it is a sad news that has left the PMAN family in mourning.
“A generation of great Nigerian music legends have finally taken a bow. Dr Olaiya was in every way one of Nigeria’s greatest men whose influence on Nigerian music and musicians was immeasurable.
The PMAN boss, known as Voombastic Uncle P, also described the late Olaiya as a great high life superstar, singer and trumpeter who distinguished himself in the entertainment industry.
“His shoes are too large to be filled; never will another Dr Victor Olaiya be again. Rest on great trumpet maestro,”
“He was a good entertainer, and many people subscribed to his kind of music in parties and occasions. This is why many Nigerians are mourning him today,” Casmire said.
In 1954, Olaiya formed his own band – the cool cat; he traveled to Congo to perform for UN troops. He also performed at the state house ball in Nigeria.
His band was chosen to play at the state house ball when Queen Elizabeth 11 of United Kingdom visited Nigeria in 1956.
He also played at the state ball when Nigeria became independent in 1960 and a republic in 1963.
Sir Victor Olaiya, was also a former President of Nigeria Union of Musicians.