Orlando Julius Aremu Olusanya Ekemode, known professionally as Orlando Julius is a Nigerian saxophonist, singer, bandleader, and songwriter closely associated with afrobeat music.
Julius began churning out breakbeat-laden singles in the early ’60s with his 10-piece band, the Modern Aces, and then in 1966 they birthed their first LP dubbed “Super Afro Soul” where he demonstrated his uncanny skills at bridging the Atlantic by mashing Latin percussion, high-life guitars, R&B horns and a nascent funk attack—all particularly showcased on “Ijo Soul“, a song strikingly similar to James Brown’s mega-hit “I Got You (I Feel Good).”
Fela, freshly returned from London and looking to get his own mojo working, frequently sat in, soaked up Julius’ juice, soon traded trumpet for sax, “borrowed” a few Modern Aces and formed the Koola Lobitos, the band that would hammer out the sonic blueprint for Afrobeat before Fela’sinfamous Afrika 70 Band officially catapulted it.
Today, we feature Julius Orlando’s life-changing hit single dubbed “Jagua Nana“.
The song, “Jagua Nana” considered as his first hit was released in 1965, the name applying slang for Jaguar cars to a woman.
On the success of this song, the legendary singer went on tour around West Africa as his music became popular in the region.
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