Google has created a doodle to celebrate the 74th posthumous birthday of Nigerian music legend and guitarist, Oliver Sunday better known as Oliver De Coque.
He died on June 20, 2008, at the age of 66. He died of diabetes and hypertension, his son had said in an interview with newsmen.
Oliver De Coque was described as “one of Africa’s most prolific recording artists who recorded at least 93 albums during his 23 years career.
Oliver De Coque was largely regarded as the “Highlife King of Africa” and one of the continent’s most revered recording artiste.
Due to his musical prowess, he was crowned the King of Highlife in 1994 by the Alaafin of Oyo State, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and awarded an honourary doctorate in music the same year.
His “Ogene” brand of highlife music blended modern highlife and traditional Igbo music, producing hits such as “Biri Ka Mbiri,” “Ana Enwe”, and “Nnukwu Mmawu” among others.
In 1973, he was featured in the popular Prince Nico Mbarga album “Sweet Mother.”
Oliver De Coque, hails from Anambra State.