Popular and fast rising Five Star Records act, Harrysong lost his father Thursday, April 9, 2015, morning in his hometown in Ogijo, Delta State. Harrysong, who broke the news of his father’s demise, said it was the most shocking news he has ever received.
According to him, life without his father, whom he described as his companion would be difficult. “I am speechless right now, the death came as a rude shock. I will miss him so much.” The Beta Pikin singer father was reported dead on Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Port Harcourt, Rivers state after a brief illness.
Contrary to all other reports about the date Harry Tare Okiri, popularly known as Harrysong’s father died, ENCOMIUM Weekly had a phone chat with him and he confirmed the death of his father. He said “My father died two days ago, Thursday, April 9, 2015, at my hometown after a brief illness.
He further explained , “My mother died when I was a child and the only man I look up to is also gone. I cannot kill myself but to pull myself together as a man. I will miss him so much but I thank God.”
Harrison Tare Okiri a.k.a. Harrysong, in his own words (born in the early 80s) is a Nigerian singer and songwriter in the “Afro-hiphop-dancehall” genre. He hails from Delta state, Nigeria.
Harrysong is an award winning Nigerian musician proficient with drums, including the konga; the piano and the flute, as well as playing the bass and the acoustic guitars. A multi-talented artiste, he is a vocal trainer. He also writes and produces for himself and others.
Harrysong was born in Warri and spent his formative years there and later in Port-Harcourt. Both towns are in the heart of the Niger-Delta region in Nigeria. As an indigene of the restive region, Harrysong has denounced violence in the area and espouses the belief that other media, including music, can be used to bring the grievances of the combatants to the fore.
He is proud of his humble roots and has not let his patchy formal education hold him back. The loss of his mother before he could finish his secondary school education -coupled with a strained relationship with his father and step-mother saw him hit the streets early to do what he knows how to do best music.
He represented his school at various competitions and always excelled.
Despite leaving school early, he expresses himself smoothly and with clarity; and articulates his points with idioms and biblical allusions.
– DOLAPO AMODENI