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Igbo Choba Powersongs Early Music Life (Igbo Choba Powersongs Biography Tribe & Genre of Music i.e The Type of Music)
Ozoemena Nsugbe was a Nigerian musician who specialized in Igbo highlife music. He was born in 1944 in Onitsha, Anambra State, to a family of musicians. His father, Nsugbe, was a famous flutist and his mother, Nwanyioma, was a singer. Ozoemena started playing music at an early age, learning the flute, guitar, harmonica and accordion from his father. He also joined his father’s band, the Nsugbe Brothers, as a vocalist and instrumentalist.
Ozoemena’s musical career took off in the 1960s, when he formed his own band, the Ozoemena Nsugbe and his Anambra Beats. He recorded several albums and singles, blending traditional Igbo folk music with modern highlife rhythms and instruments. He sang in Igbo and English, addressing social issues, cultural values, politics and history. Some of his popular songs include “June 12”, “Onwu Ali Chukwuma”, “Ogene Onyeoma” and “Achuba Chisco”. He was also known for his tribute songs to prominent Igbo figures, such as Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and Chinua Achebe.
Ozoemena Nsugbe was widely regarded as one of the pioneers and legends of Igbo highlife music. He influenced many younger musicians, such as Chief Osita Osadebe, Prince Nico Mbarga, Oliver De Coque and Flavour N’abania. He died in 2013 at the age of 69, leaving behind a rich legacy of music and culture.