Legendary juju singer Emperor Pick Peters is dead: 5 things to know about him

Pick Peters

Pick Peters

By Victoria Oluwayemi

Emperor Pick Peters, a renowned juju musician famous for his hit song “Omode de,” has reportedly died.

Sources have confirmed that Pick Peters succumbed to a short illness and was 74 years old at the time of his death.

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The news of Emperor Pick Peters’ passing was announced by Prince Tayo Adeolokun, the chairman of TASMAN Equipment, a prominent musical equipment rental company in Nigeria. Pick Peters‘ name holds a special place in the hearts of old-school juju music enthusiasts.

The Legendary juju singer has passed away, leaving behind a rich musical legacy that has influenced the Nigerian music scene and delighted fans for decades. Here are five noteworthy things to remember about him:

  1. Prolific Career: He was born on the 2nd April, 1952. Akorede Akanni Peter popularly known as Emperor Pick Peters enjoyed a remarkable and prolific career that spanned several decades. He started in the music industry in the early 1973 with the release of his debut album, “Kango kango l’agogo n dun,” and went on to release more than 20 albums with his distinctive style of juju music.
  2. Hit Songs: He became famous for his string of hit songs, with “Omode de” being one of his most iconic tracks. His music was celebrated for its unique blend of traditional Yoruba rhythms, catchy melodies, and insightful lyrics that resonated with his audience. During the 1970s, he gained significant fame for consistently delivering hit songs and was recognized as a prominent figure in the juju music scene, sharing the spotlight with artists like Sunny Ade and Dele Abiodun.
  3. Musical Innovation: Emperor Pick Peters was known for his innovative approach to juju music. He introduced fresh elements and influences into the genre, pushing the boundaries and keeping the music relevant to changing times.
  4. Record Label Dispute: His career faced a setback due to a contract dispute with his record label, Identity Records which temporarily halted his musical journey. Despite this setback, he remained a beloved figure in the juju music community. He made waves when he engaged in a rift with top juju musician, King Sunny Ade.
  5. Cultural Impact: The Ipokia, Ogun State-born singer’s music transcended borders and had a lasting impact on the cultural landscape of Nigeria. He contributed to the preservation and promotion of Yoruba culture through his music, earning a special place in the hearts of his fans.

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