Let me take you back to the 70’s when Chief Dr. Oliver De Coque of blessed memory was ruling the town with this highlife sound called, “Identity.”
Oliver Sunday Akanite is Oliver De Coque‘s full legal name and entertaining us during the Nigerian civil war was a thing we won’t forget him so easily. Eventually he died in 2008 after a cardiac arrest.
His global recognition came after he performed at a London stage in 1973 and he was featured in Price Nico Mbarga’s 1977 album Sweet Mother. I guess you can remember “sweet mother i no go forget you for the suffer wey you suffer for me” or can’t you?
Without going off topic, “Identity” which has a chorus of “Money Money Identity” was performed by Oliver De Coque and was plucked off “Expo ’76 Sound” (Super Of Africa), distributed by Olumo Records Limited.
“Identity” has some catchy lyrics like:
“my papa advice me make i play my music with honesty, mama advice make i respect all my seniors, always cut my coat according to my size, i no dey promise anything wey my power no reach, my yes is my yes, my no is my no, i no dey make inyanga, i’m a simple man by nature”
Listen to “Identity” by Oliver De Coque below.