Google Doodle honors Oliver De Coque on his 74th Birthday

Devdiscourse News Desk | Abuja | Updated: 14-04-2021 08:08 IST | Created: 14-04-2021 08:08 IST
Google Doodle honors Oliver De Coque on his 74th Birthday
Beginning with his first solo release in 1976, de Coque’s music only grew in popularity at home and abroad. Image Credit: Google doodle

The famous Nigerian guitarist turns 74 today. Google today honors Oliver De Coque by dedicating a brilliant doodle to her on her 74th birthday. Lagos-based guest artist Ohab TBJ illustrates the doodle.

King (Dr.) Chief Oliver De Coque is also known as Oliver Sunday Akanite crowned the "Highlife King of Africa," he is widely revered as one of the continent's most prolific recording artists.

Born on this day in 1947 in the small town of Ezinifite in southeastern Nigeria, Oliver Sunday Akanite first took up the guitar at a young age, and as a teenager, studied the traditional Igbo music of the region and Congolese soukous.

In 1970, at a performance by the popular Sunny Agaga and his Lucky Star Band, Akanite convinced Sunny to let him stand in as their guitarist; he was hired on the spot, providing a massive boost to his young career. Also a skilled player of the Nigerian board game okwe, Akanite became known as "Oliver de ka Okwe," which he later adapted into his stage name, Oliver de Coque.

De Coque famously infused the modern West African highlife genre with a Congolese-influenced guitar style and the energetic dance elements of Igbo music he grew up with, crafting a unique musical style.

His dance-inspiring "Ogene" style of Nigerian high life, which blends modern high life and traditional Igbo music, has produced such hits as "People's Club of Nigeria","nempi social club", "Biri Ka Mbiri," "Ana Enwe," "Nnukwu Mmanwu," and "Identity," which remained on Radio Nigeria 2's Top Ten throughout most of 1981.

Beginning with his first solo release in 1976, de Coque's music only grew in popularity at home and abroad, as he put out album after album featuring his masterful guitar work and fresh take on African pop–over 70 throughout his lifetime.

In 1994, in recognition of his prodigious music achievement, de Coque was awarded an honorary doctorate in music by the University of New Orleans. Oliver de Coque died at the age of 61 on June 20, 2008.

Thank you, Oliver de Coque, for strumming your way into the hearts of listeners around the world!

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