Journalist and Afro-pop musician Segun Bucknor is dead. Aged 71, Bucknor died yesterday in Lagos.
He was born in Lagos in 1946, attended Kings College and was a member of the school’s band and choir.
The multi-instrumentalist Bucknor started out as a highlife musician under the tutelage of the late Highlife superstar,Roy Chicago.
In 1964, he joined the then newly formed band, the Hot Four where he was organist and lead guitar player.
Other members were of the band were Mike Nelson Cole, the band leader and Sunmi Smart Cole, the drummer. The group played regularly in Lagos clubs such as Surulere night club
Bucknor travelled to the US and studied at Columbia University, New York. There, his musical style changed to pop after he was influenced by American artistes such as James Brown, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.
When he returned to Nigeria in 1968, he formed a band, Segun Bucknor and The Assembly, and they are famed with songs such as ‘Lord Give Me Soul’ and ‘I Will Love You No Matter How.’ The band also included a dancing trio called the ‘Sweet Things’ in their performances. In 1970, they released ‘Son of January 15th’ a proto-Afrobeat sound. The band released a few politically charged songs like ‘Sorrow, Sorrow, Sorrow,’ and ‘Poor Man No Get Brother’ before its popularity began to dip.
Bucknor who was a contemporary of Sir Victor Uwafo and Victor Olaiya,, had been down with stroke for a while.
Only on Thursday, his daughter, Funke Bucknor-Obruthe, an events planner, had on her Facebook wall asked for recommendations on treatment for patients suffering multiple strokes.
“Need good doctors, good hospitals that can deal with or know about hypertensive and diabetic patients that have had multiple strokes,” she had written.