Nadirah Shakoor

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Nadirah Shakoor performs with Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band in June 2009.

Nadirah Shakoor is an American singer, songwriter and recording artist.  She is best known for her work as featured female vocalist in Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, in the hip hop group Arrested Development and for her solo albums. [1] She has one Grammy nomination. [2]


Arrested Development and Speech[edit]

She was a female vocalist of the hip hop group Arrested Development, of which she was a member from 1993 until 1995.[3][4] She was nominated for a Grammy Award for its second album, Zingalamaduni.[2] Nadirah was also featured in Arrested Development's Unplugged DVD and album.

Jimmy Buffett Coral Reefer Band[edit]

Shakoor joined the Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band in 1995, touring as its featured female vocalist.[5][6] "Nod to the Storyteller" is Shakoor's tribute to Jimmy Buffett, who for the last 22 years has featured her as part of his show.[7] Alongside Tina Gullickson, she is a dancer and a vocalist. In concerts Shakoor often has a number as lead vocalist and contributes secondary vocals to Buffett's "Son of a Son of a Sailor".[8]

Touring and recording[edit]

She also toured or recorded with Madonna, Al Jarreau, Paula Abdul, Quincy Jones, Jasmine Guy, Howard Hewett, Phillip Bailey[9] and others.[10]

Solo career[edit]

Her debut album, Soul Power (EMI Music Japan), was produced by Speech, and her next two projects, NadirahSongs and Obsessed with Peace Vol. I were released independently. In 2000, she teamed up with her best friend, world-renowned producer Osunlade. Together, they released several house-music songs on Osunlade's Yoruba Records label that quickly became classics of the genre. "Love Song," "Just a Breath Away," and "Pride" are three of their most popular collaborations.[11]

On October 14, 2008, Shakoor released a new album titled Nod to the Storyteller on Jimmy Buffett's Mailboat Records label, which includes two songs written by her along with unique covers of songs written by Jimmy Buffett and several other artists.[7] She announced on the "Time After Island Time" radio program that she will be releasing a follow-up album. After the release, Nadirah and her brother, drummer Rasheed Shakoor, put together a band called Outside Art to help promote the album and to bring more deep house to the live-music scene.


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  4. ^ "MUSIC SCENE: Jimmy Buffett performs at Verizon; Folk Club turns 30". Arkansas Online. 2019-06-06. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  5. ^ "Playing in the Partying Lot". Los Angeles Times. 1996-10-09. Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  6. ^ Himes, Geoffrey (1996-06-21). "BUFFETT & FRIENDS FADING INTO OBLIVION". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  7. ^ a b "Review: Buffett takes Parrotheads back to `Margaritaville". The Mercury News. 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  8. ^, Barry Gilbert •. "Parrotheads brave cool temps for Buffett show". Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  9. ^ Dean Ford, Lynn (April 22, 1994). "Record Reviews". The Indianapolis Star. p. 38.
  10. ^ "Nadirah Ali Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic. Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  11. ^ "Nadirah Shakoor | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2021-05-29.