Orlando Owoh resurrects in Fakorede

LOVERS of Kennery music popularized by late Dr. Orlando Owoh now have another reason to smile. The lull witnessed in the genre since the death of the ‘Doctor of Music’ is finally giving way to a robust hope for a better future, as more younger musicians are following in the footsteps of their late hero.

Taking the lead in the race to step into shoes left behind by Orlando Owoh is Fakorede Afe. The Irun Akoko, Ondo State-born musician started music in 2006 after a ‘revelation’.

“My foray into music started in a very mysterious way. I fell ill sometime in 2006, and it took a very long time before I became strong again. But the mystery in all of this was that while I was on the sick bed, I started singing. And before I knew what was happening, I had perfected the Kennery music as played by the late Orlando Owoh.”

Soon after he got up from the sick bed, Fakorede said, he organized a group to try his hands on his new-found love.

He took further steps to have a stronghold on music when he visited the late Orlando sometime in 2008. The young Fakorede, who is popularly called Fak by his fans, was left in awe when he finally met his mentor for the first time.

“I met the late Orlando at his home in Lagos. When I told him that I wanted to be a musician, he told me to be ready to persevere and not be in a hurry to make money. He also said that I should not indulge in vices that can ruin my career,” Fak recalls.