Sir Victor Uwaifo was one of Nigeria’s outstanding Highlife artists. Born in Benin City, Edo State he learned his guitar skills from E.T. Mensah’s guitarist Dizzy Acquaye. Later he became popular for the creation of his own famous Highlife-style: The Joromi. One of his greatest hits was ‘Guitar Boy‘. Sir Victor Uwaifo received the inspiration to write the song from an encounter with a mermaid (which he calls mami wata) one night on the Lagos Bar Beach in 1967. The mermaid told him: “Guitar boy, if you see mami water, never never you run away.” Listen below to a recorded version of the track.
Some of you will recognize the introducing guitar riff, which The Very Best used in their popular track ‘The Warm Heart of Africa‘.