Salawa Abeni

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Salawa Abeni
Queen of Waka
Birth name Salawa Abeni Alidu
Born (1961-05-05) May 5, 1961 (age 56)
Epe, Lagos State
Origin Epe
Genres Waka music
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active (1975 –present)
Labels Leader records, Kollington, Alagbada

Salawa Abeni Alidu (born May 5, 1961) is a popular Nigerian singer.[1] An Ijebu Yoruba from Ijebu Waterside, in Ogun State, she began her professional career in waka music when she released her debut album titled, Late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed, in 1976, on Leader Records. It became the first recording by a female artist in Yoruba Songs to sell over a million copies in Nigeria.

Abeni continued recording for Leader until 1986, when she ended a relationship with the record label's owner, Lateef Adepoju. She married Kollington Ayinla and joined his record label instead, staying with him until 1994.

She was crowned "Queen of Waka Music" by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi in 1992.[citation needed] Waka is an Islamic-influenced, traditional Yoruba music style, popularized by Batile Alake; it is a much older genre than jùjú and fuji.

Discography[2][edit]

  • Late Murtala Muhammed (Leader, 1976)
  • Iba Omode Iba Agba (Leader, 1976)
  • Shooting Stars (Leader, 1977)
  • Ijamba Motor (Leader, 1978)
  • Okiki Kan To Sele/Yinka Esho Esor (Leader, 1979)
  • Orin Tuntun (Leader, 1979)
  • Irohin Mecca (Leader, 1980)
  • Ile Aiye (Leader, 1980)
  • Omi Yale (Leader, 1980)
  • Ija O Dara (Leader, 1981)
  • Ikilo (Leader, 1981)
  • Enie Tori Ele Ku (Leader, 1982)
  • Challenge Cup ’84 (Leader, 1983)
  • Adieu Alhaji Haruna Ishola (Leader, 1985)
  • Indian Waka (Kollington, 1986)
  • Ife Dara Pupo (Kollington, 1986)
  • Mo Tun De Bi Mo Se Nde (Kollington, 1986)
  • Awa Lagba (Kollington, 1987)
  • Abode America (Kollington, 1988)
  • Ileya Special (Kollington, 1988)
  • I Love You (Kollington, 1988)
  • We Are The Children (Kollington, 1989)
  • Maradonna (Kollington, 1989)
  • Candle (Kollington, 1990)
  • Experience (Alagbada, 1991)
  • Congratulations (Alagbada, 1991)
  • Cheer Up (Alagbada, 1992)
  • Waka Carnival (Alagbada, 1994)
  • Beware cassette (Sony, 1995)
  • Live In London ’96 cassette (Emperor Promotions, 1996)
  • Appreciation cassette (Sony, 1997)
  • with Barrister Evening Of Sound cassette (Zmirage Productions, 1997)
  • Good Morning In America (Alagbada, 1999)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Denselow, Robin (2001-07-20). "Queen Salawa Abeni". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Abeni, Queen Salawa." Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed.. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, accessed February 17, 2016,