ThrowBack: Rex Lawson – Sawale & Jolly Papa


If you knew about Rex Lawson before Flavour’s Ashawo song then you are indeed a lover of the old school, or you parents played it to death in the house growing up.

Rex Jim Lawson (1935 – 1971), known as Cardinal Rex, was a singer, trumpeter and bandleader from Kalabari, Nigeria. He became one of the best-known highlife musicians of the 1960s in Africa when Cardinal and his band dominated Nigeria’s highlife scene. Lawson died in 1971 in a car accident on his way to play a show in Warri, Nigeria. He was 36 years old. After his death, his band continued as the Professional Seagulls. Lawson was married to Chief (Mrs.) Regina Rex Lawson who died in October 2008.- via Wikipedia

His most famous hits include, Sawale, Adure, Major Boro, Angelina, Gowon Special and Jolly Papa.

If you’re not in tune with old school highlife music then you can switch off, but if you are, then enjoy! Happy Throwback Thursday!



***Jolly Papa


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