Afropop music maestro Betram Olusegun Bucknor better known as Segun Bucknor died in the early hours of Friday , August 11th.The jazz and afrosoul icon breathed his last at the age of 71
Bucknor was one of the pioneers of the early Nigerian music sound, having being an apprentice to highlife legend Roy Chicago. He carved his own niche in the 60’s and 70’s, leading a highlife/afrobeat band called the Hot Four and later rechristened as Segun Bucknor and the Soul Assembly.
The band recorded a couple of soul songs such as Lord Give Me Soul and I Will Love You No Matter How. Gradually the groups drifted from soul songs to a style of afrobeat, in their performance, a dancing trio called the Sweet Things were included.
He was a world-class musician (pianist/keyboardist, guitarist, singer, recording artiste and bandleader). As a journalist, he wrote for LAGOS LIFE newspaper from the Guardian stable) . He was also a contributing editor for Photo News Magazine
His death was confirmed by his daughter Funke Bucknor-Obruthe.
She wrote on Facebook:”Wow my condolence my brother , I just lost my dad today as well . May God comfort us all” Funke wrote on the Facebook post of a friend Abiola Olatunde Aloba, whose mother recently passed away.
Strut Records, an international record label based in London, Berlin and Brooklyn also tweeted on the passing of Segun Bucknor.
His artistic genes did not elude his daughters Tosyn who is an all-round entertainer, singer, songwriter and media personality; as well as elder sister Funke Bucknor-Obruthe, one of Nigeria’s renowned event management entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
His sad death came as a shock to many. Bucknor’s musical ingenuity will be indelible in years to come