Alaba Pedro, the seventy-two year old guitarist with the Faaji Agba Collective band, died Tuesday, July 26, on an Arik airline flight from New York City to Lagos. Band members said Mr. Pedro had difficulties breathing one hour into the nine hour flight and died two hours later.
On Friday July 22, the band gave a sizzling performance during a day-long festival concert. The event, "Celebrate Brooklyn" was marking its 30th summer. The band is famously led by Fatai Rolling Dollar.