Lomerika can inspire new generation musicians in S.S
Lomerika: The musician who can inspire new generation musicians in S.S
South Sudan has been mourning music legend Enosa Gama Yoani popularly know as Lomerika who helped popularise the country’s authentic rhythms and influenced a generation of musicians. Willy Entertainment pays tribute to the musician who died last month at the age of 65.
His aching emotional sincerity of songs ‘Dunya Mashakil’, ‘Sala e Janub’ and
‘Lomerika Wenue’ earned him a fiercely loyal fanbase.
Attempts should be made to introduce his music to the new generation who could sample it for the current generation else, the uniqueness of his music may just be buried along with him.
There is so much the current mainstream artists in South Sudan can learn from his legacy. He came from a poor background so there was a lot more at stake to survive, he had this drive, strong work ethics and besides that, he was a man of integrity, humble, who stuck to his roots.
Majority of the music in South Sudan has no connection to the sounds that emerged from the country’s multiple ethnicities. Most of the current music is too artificial. You can not hear real musicians playing in real time – it thrives on programmed or disembodied sounds.
To achieve continental or even regional success as an accomplished musician, looking back at your roots would a wise commercial move. So sampling some of Lomerika’s music sounds like a good place to start because his music is already familiar with most in the country.
As an acrobatic vocalist, revered performer and scatting phenom, Lomerika and his musical genius and influence should continue to be felt decades after his death.
As news of his death spread, fans, musicians and fellow creators spoke of Lomerika’s impact on the sector.
“South Sudan has lost one of the African fathers of highlife music; he has contributed his quota to the development of the entertainment industry,” Music Promoter Willam Amoko said. “He was a very serious-minded person who projected the highlife music throughout the entire world. We would forever be grateful to him for the joy he propagated and has bequeathed posterity through his music.”
According to one of his sons Emmanuel Lomerika, the musician’s career sprouted in the 1970s, when he assembled the Rajaf band, whose original members included Edeno Makassa on vocals, Christopher Lokosang on the solo guitar, LoDooley on percussion, Bidal Lino on the bass and Lomoro Music on the rhythm guitar.
The band’s popularity saw them stage several [erformances in the Middle East countries, Germany and Holand. The musician succumbed to high blood pressure and diabetes at the Juuba Medical Complex on 7 May 2020.