2009 release. "Orlando" Julius Aremu Olusanya Ekemode was born in 1943 in the Osun state of Nigeria. He first learned of his musical talent studying and playing drums and flute in school, but found his true love in the sounds of the alto saxophone. As early as 19, he was involved professionally in music as both bandleader and as a "Top Ace" with Eddy Okunta's popular band in Lagos. In 1964, he released his first massive hit single with his newly-formed Modern Aces. His 1966 effort, Super Afro Soul, made him a national celebrity in Nigeria and even went so far as to influence music in the United States. The record's dramatic, highly melodic incorporation of soul, pop, and funk was very much ahead of its time, helping to shape the funk movement in the U.S. for years to come. After Super Afro Soul, Julius released a long list of records exclusively in Nigeria and from them received a great amount of local fame. He recorded this Disco Hi-Life session in 1976 with 12 musicians.