Batile Alake

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Batile or Batili Alake (died 2013) was a prominent Nigerian waka singer.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Batile Alake was born in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State. Alhaja Batile Alake died in 2013, aged about 78 years.[3] Her precise age was not known.[4]


Alake popularized the Islamic-inspired, Yoruba genre by playing at concerts and parties throughout Yorubaland, and was the first professional waka singer to record an album.[3] She was most active during the 1950s and 1960s.[5]


  1. ^ Bianchi, Ugo (1994). The notion of "religion" in comparative research: selected proceedings of. L'ERMA di BRETSCHNEIDER. p. 181. ISBN 88-7062-852-3.
  2. ^ Shepherd, John; Dave Laing (1994). Continuum encyclopedia of popular music of the world, Volumes 3-7. Continuum. p. 165. ISBN 0-8264-7436-5.
  3. ^ a b "Prominent Waka Singer, Batile Alake, Dies" Africa Spotlight (10 August 2013).
  4. ^ Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta, "Waka Creator, Batili Alake, Dies" PM News Nigeria (August 10, 2013).
  5. ^ Waterman, Christopher Alan (1990). Jùjú: a social history and ethnography of an African popular music. University of Chicago Press. p. 246. ISBN 0-226-87465-6.