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Celestine Ukwu


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Celestine Ukwu (Celestine Obiakor) began his musical career during the 1960’s with Michael Ejeagha’s Paradise Rhythm Orchestra in Enugu, capital of the former Eastern Region of Nigeria. He left four years later to launch his own band, the Music Royals. Following a hiatus caused by the Biafran war of independence from 1967-70, the Music Royals were resurrected as the Philosophers National, who distinguished themselves with a series of sparkling, subtle highlife releases during the 1970s. Sadly, Ukwu perished in an automobile accident in 1977, depriving Nigerian music of one of its shining stars.


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  • Gunther-Radin

    Celestine Ukwu's music combines philosophical edge with lyrical grace. May his soul rest in peace.

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Gunther-Radin

    Celestine Ukwu's music combine's philosohical edge with lyrical grace. May his soul rest in peace.

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
  • greengreenpink

    One of the very best

    22 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Degarmo

    i like this very much

    13 Oct 2008 Reply
  • adaigbo

    This man and his music rocks for all eternity!. RIP Mr. Celestine Ukwu. Thanks for sharing ur music while u were alive.

    3 Mar 2008 Reply

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