Afropop music legend and journalist Segun Bucknor born Bertram Olusegun Bucknor was reported dead on Friday, August 11, 2017, aged 71.
His death was confirmed by his daughter Funke Bucknor-Obruthe on Facebook when she shared her condolence message to a friend Abiola Olatunde Aloba who also lost his mother.
“Wow my condolence my brother, I just lost my dad today as well. May God comfort us all.”
Bucknor was among the pioneers of the early Nigerian highlife music sound, having worked with the likes of famous highlife maestro Roy Chicago.
He created his own brand in the 60’s and 70’s with his leading highlife-fused Afrobeat band popular as the ‘Hot Four’ which was later rebranded as ‘Segun Bucknor and the Soul Assembly’.
They recorded a couple of soul songs such as ‘I Will Love You No Matter How’, ‘Lord Give Me Soul’ before the group swiped into afrobeat style fully abandoning soul songs.
Their performances also included a dance group referred to as the ‘Sweet Things’.
Segun Bucknor was an excellent pianist/keyboardist, guitarist, singer, and recording artiste. He was everything in one person.
Life as a journalist
As a journalist, Segun Bucknor was a contributing editor for Photo News Magazine and he wrote for LAGOS LIFE newspaper from the Guardian.
An international record based in London, Strut Records, commented on the veteran’s death on twitter.