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Foundation celebrates the late music legend, Yusuf Olatunji


Yusuf-OlatunjiTHE younger generation has been advised to make frantic efforts to ensure that they preserve Nigerian culture in order to prevent it from extinction.

A veteran journalist, Aare Lekan Alabi gave the advice yesterday in Abeokuta while addressing a Press Conference to announce the activities lined up to mark 37th post-humorous anniversary for the late Yoruba music legend, Yusuf Olatunji, popularly known as Baba L’egba.

Alabi, who is the Chairman of the Yusuf Olatunji Foundation (YOF) pleaded that the youth must appreciate their culture, disclosing, “Culture is our umbrella under which we have language, music, food, fashion among others.”

He said, “Nigeria boasts of many cultural icons in art, music, theater, among others. The youth need to sit down and listen to indigenous African and Nigerian music, study the lyrics and the meaningful composition which carry deep philosophy”.
“It is our duty to appreciate, promote our individual culture and indigenous music because they are reasonable songs”, Alabi affirmed.

Speaking on the reason for the remembrance of the late Yoruba traditional musician, Alabi observed that traditional music genres with philosophical contents and originality is gradually going into extinction, hence the quick intervention for the rejuvenation of same by the Foundation in conjunction with Fitilah Global Entertainment Limited.

According to him, “The set goal is fast hitting the mark as the grandson of the late musician, Abideen Yusuf Olatunji has dropped an album due for launching on Sunday, 20 December in Abeokuta.”
Yusuf Olatunji died on December 15, 1978 and ever since; the vacuum created by his exit in the sakara genre of music is yet to be filled.

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