Late Danmaraya Had 13 Adopted Children
Popular Hausa solo musician, Alhaji Adamu Wayya, better known as Danmaraya Jos died Saturday morning at the Ola Hospital Jos at the age of 83 living behind a wife and 13 adopted children. Among his children is Alhaji Yusuf Kuchili.
The Hausa music maestro and icon died after a brief illness at about 4pm and was buried at 5:30pm at Zaria bye pass burial ground.
After his burial, sympathisers and well-wishers thronged his Layin Zana residence along Bauchi Road Jos to mourn his demise. As they gathered, many remembered one of his songs “Mutuwa rigar kowa”, which means death is a garment that will be worn by everyone. Some of his songs were social commentaries on issues such as forced marriage, gossips and the character of human beings. He will be remembered for his thoughtful songs which inspired, educated, and cautioned people on how to live meaningful life.
Danmaraya Jos was a recipient of national honours, including MON. The University of Jos awarded him an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree alongside the late Chief MKO Abiola.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP in Jos on the man’s music, his first adopted son, Kuchili said even the legend did not know the number of songs he had, but estimated they would be over twenty thousand songs in his (Danmaraya) seventy three years’ musical career. He said his father left a legacy of selfless service to humanity, particularly the needy.
The Plateau State House of Assembly joined in mourning the legend with Speaker Peter Azi calling on the citizens to emulate the exemplary life of Danmaraya Jos, who he said preached peace in his songs. He said the late musician marketed the state to the outside world and prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul.