Adewole, Ayinla Omowura’s Famous Drummer Dies

Adewole, Ayinla Omowura’s Famous Drummer Dies

Late Adewole Oniluola

The lead drummer of Late Ayinla Omowura, Alhaji Rahamon Adewole Oniluola has died on Tuesday after a brief illness and what family members called old age-related sickness.

He died at the age of 97 years at about 10.00 pm on Tuesday in his hometown, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

His remains will be buried today (Wednesday) at his Keesi residence in Abeokuta, according to Islamic injunctions.

Lovers of the ace drummer like the Poet and practising lawyer, Tade Ipadeola in a tweet, described the late Adewole as the grandmaster of the talking drum, calling for an analysis of the work of the late drummer and another late drummer, Tony Allen for posterity sake.

“Adéwọlé Onílùọlà, grandmaster of the talking drum, walk tall among ancestors. “Bí mo bá ti r’Álào ẹ̀rù kan kò tún bà mi mọ́” sang Anígilajé Ayinla Ọmọwúrà. Erin wó!

“There are many parallels between the lives of Adéwọlé Onílùọlà and Tony Allen, it would be nice to see these in print. Baba bade us goodbye yesterday, his works remain and they are great. It’s a wonder, to me, how these artists synced.

“There are many memorable phrases in the drumming of this legend, perhaps too many to list in a thread but the greatest of those drumming moments are those in which he departs from his ancestral moorings to do what Ayinla calls “ìlù àsìkò”,” Ipadeola said.

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