Veteran Nigerian singer, Segun Bucknor has died. Bucknor died on Friday in Lagos after a brief illness. He was aged 71.
His daughter, Funke Bucknor-Obruthe, confirmed the passing away of her dad, “Wow my condolence my brother , I just lost my dad today as well. May God comfort us all“ she wrote on a friends’s Facebook page whose mother died too.
Also, Strut Records, an international record label based in London, Berlin and Brooklyn, confirmed the demise of the singer in a tweet.
Some of the bands popular songs included politically charged tracks like sorrow, sorrow, sorrow and poor man no get brother, before its popularity began to slip.
Bucknor who started his musical career under the tutelage of highlife singer, Roy Chicago later on became leader of the band called the Assembly. Mike Nelson Cole, and Sunmi Smart Cole were members of the band.
The band recorded a couple of soul songs such as Lord Give Me Soul and I Will Love You No Matter How. Gradually the group migrated from soul songs to a style of afrobeat, in their performance, a dancing trio called the Sweet Things were included. In 1970, they released Son on January 15th a proto-Afrobeat sound.
Segun Bucknor a Nigerian journalist and musician was born in Lagos in 1946.
He attended Kings College and was a member of the schools band and choir.
We're hearing the very sad news that the mighty Segun Bucknor has passed away this morning. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/i209FOxnjb
— Strut Records (@StrutRecords) August 11, 2017