Family members have confirmed the death of Prof. Jones Dopoe, a Liberian musical maestro.
“As a family, we are grateful for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. Prof. Dopoe’s influence extends beyond the boundaries of our family, reaching into the hearts of all those who have been touched by his music,” a statement released by the family said.
The family said the late Prof. Dopoe’s thirst for knowledge led him to the University of Liberia, where he earned a degree in English, demonstrating his commitment to both traditional culture and intellectual growth.
However, the family said in 2019, illness befell the musical luminary, and despite years of valiant fight, he peacefully departed this world at his son’s residence in Saceplea, Nimba County.
“As we mourn the loss of a cultural icon, we also remember his 19 living children, including four born to a Ghanaian woman currently residing in Ghana, as well as numerous half-brothers left behind, united in grief for a man whose influence knew no bounds.”
In honoring Prof. Jones Dopoe’s memory, the family urged the need to celebrate the rich tapestry of Liberia’s traditional music that he wove throughout his illustrious life.
“May his melodies continue to echo in our hearts, reminding us of the cultural heritage he so passionately embraced and shared with the world,” said Edwin A. Dopoe, Sr., family spokesman, and nephew of the deceased.
The deceased was a professor at the state-owned University of Liberia.
“Uncle Jones was more than a musician; he was a guardian of traditional folklore music,” the family statement said. “His music was a bridge connecting generations, a timeless legacy that will continue to inspire and resonate with the soul of Liberia.”
“His impact on Liberia’s cultural landscape is immeasurable, and his memory will endure through the tunes he gifted to the world,” Mr. Dopoe said.