This was 1973 when the Oriental Brothers, three real brothers from the East of Nigeria, ruled the country’s guitar band highlife scene with their heady mix of Congolese-style guitar playing and Igbo rhythms. They were formidable guitarists Dan Satch, Godwin Kabaka Opara and vocalist Dr Sir Warrior, known as the modernizer of highlife and often called the Ultimate Head of Highlife. Warrior was a beacon of hope for the Igbo people, using proverbs to convey enduring uplifting messages in his songs.
According to the Igbo magazine Kwenu, “The Oriental Brothers played a very important spiritual role in keeping many Igbo sane. They were the pride of a people traumatized by a war so vicious.” At the same time, he was a national figure who called for peace, unity and progress in Nigeria. The 12 platinum and ten gold records harvested from his 100-plus recorded tracks attest to his significance.