Fadhili William

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Fadhili William Mdawida
Born(1938-11-11)November 11, 1938
Taita-Taveta District, Kenya
DiedFebruary 11, 2001(2001-02-11) (aged 62)
Nairobi, Kenya
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active1955–2001
Associated actsEquator Sounds Band

Fadhili William Mdawida (most often referred to simply as Fadhili William) (November 11, 1938 – February 11, 2001), was a Kenyan recording artist and composer who is most famous as the first person to record Adam Salim's song Malaika which he recorded with his band 'The Jambo Boys' around 1963.[1]

Fadhili William was born to Halima Wughanga and Ramadhan Mwamburi in Taita-Taveta District near Mombasa. His father, who died when Fadhili was only seven, was a traditional musician. Like three of his siblings – Ali Harrison Mwataku, Esther John and Mumba Charo – he became a musician.

He started singing while in primary school in Taita. He went on to Government African School, in Pumwani in Nairobi. He then dropped out of Shimo la Tewa Secondary School, where he had joined Form Three, to pursue a musical career.

It was while at Pumwani, he said in an interview, that he fell in love with a beautiful girl, "an angel," to whom he composed and recorded Malaika (Angel) to console her when she was given away to an older man who could pay a bride price.

Malaika was recorded at the Equator Sound Studios under the guidance of Charles Worrod, who went on to promote and distribute the ballad.


  1. ^ Eastafricamnusic.com: Fadhili William: A Remembrance

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