CHAIRMAN of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Anambra State Chapter, Ikem Mazeli has described the demise of Igbo minstrel legend and singer, Morocco Maduka, as a big loss to Nigeria.
Lamenting Morocco’s death on behalf of PMAN in an online post, Mazeli acknowledged the contributions of the late music maestro, describing him as an icon in the entertainment industry who invested his talent in people’s happiness and upliftment.
Mazeli further regretted that the void created on Igbo folklore music, popularly known as egwu ekpili, by Morocco’s passage into the world beyond would be difficult to be filled.
According to him, Morocco, through his songs, addressed social and moral issues.
“Morocco’s death is a huge loss to the entertainment industry and Nigeria at large.
I recall early this year, the late musician celebrated his 60th anniversary on stage, with over 120 albums to his credit.
The late musician, alongside his contemporaries, the late Chief Stephen Osadebe and the late Chief Oliver De Coque, contributed immensely to the entertainment industry, locally and internationally. They all had exceptionality and musical depth on stage. The late Morocco’s music was a bridge between the old tunes and new breed of Ekpili music. Both the old and the young enjoyed the songs of the late,” he said.