Tears as Nomoreloss’ laid to rest
It was rains of tributes, as the remains of the artiste, Olumuyiwa Osinuga, popularly known as Nomoreloss, were committed to mother earth on Friday. Many, who spoke to The Guardian at the final resting place of the artiste, Ikoyi Cemetery, said his death was an irreparable loss to the Nigerian music industry. They described him as very rare gem that carried everyone along.
Speaking with The Guardian, Head Consultant at Showbiz Network Services Limited and Paragonis Multi-Media Productions, Edi Lawani, said one thing he would miss about the late Osinuga was his talent and his ability to make people laugh.
“He was always ready to help and render assistance to anyone in needs even outside the entertainment industry,” said Lawani.
The music producer, Seyi Allen, said Nomoreloss’ demise was a great loss to the entertainment industry.
While fighting to hold her tears, Nigerian vocalist and dancer, Yinka Davies, said, “this is a great loss, but we are happy he left a legacy behind. Nomoreloss had talent that most of the artists of today don’t, his style and talents were different and unique, and I’m happy that he left a legacy behind.”
Obiora Obiwon said, “he was a purpose driven guy; though, we were not very close, he was someone I always wanted to learn or pick something from. He always tried to impact on anybody he meets.”
While urging everyone to emulate the selfless lifestyle lived by the deceased, Nsikem Buga, said, “this is a reflection for every artiste that is alive, because death is inevitable. We should all try to live every of our days as the last on earth, as no one knows when death will come knocking.”
Nomoreloss was famous for songs like Iyawo Asiko, Grass to Grace, Ololufe, Living on A Jetplane and others. He died on March 2 at 39, after he was diagnosed of ‘typhoid’ and was later discharged with hopes that he had recovered fully.
Among those, who were at the Musicians Adesola Adesimbo Idowu (Weird MC), Reggae artiste, Righteousman, comedian Damilola Adekoya (Princess) and DJ Jimmy Jatt.
An accomplished compere, music video director, radio/TV host, comedian and vocalist, Nomoreloss learnt the rudiments of music under the mentorship of the gospel jazz saxophonist Kunle Ajayi.
In this time, he also exposed himself to the discographies of musical icons ranging from Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey, Orlando Owoh, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, King Sunny Ade, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal and Rex Lawson.
His journey into music began in 2002 when he assisted rapper Ruggedman with the chorus of his humorous rap song, Ehen, which lampooned the industry then reigning “bigwigs”, bringing them to book for their obvious lack of originality.
This was followed by his foray into music videos, directing videos for the likes of Lexy Doo, Folake Umosen, Jah Borne and Cimion.
In 2006, he released his first album, Let Them Say, a title reminiscent of one of King Sunny Ade’s song, which had 16 tracks among which were his big hits, Iyawo Asiko and Ololufe. Iyawo Asiko, with an accompanying humorous video, sampled and modernised the late Orlando Owoh’s Iyawo Olele, one of the classic highlife songs that spoke to ills that troubled family and society.
The music style of Nomoreloss was a delectable cocktail of possibilities blending rhythm and blues with a variety of genres, especially, highlife, reggae and a lot of jazz.