Alhaji Waziri Oshomah - World Spirituality Classics 3 The Muslim Highlife of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah
Alhaji Waziri Oshomah begins his sermon before a dancing crowd. His lyrics warn about the vice of jealousy but the congregation is here to get down. We’re in a small part of Edo State in southern Nigeria called Afenmailand, which is known for being a harmonious region where Muslims and Christians live and dance together. The atmosphere is one of enjoyment, excitement, and pleasure, because to see Waziri perform is to be addressed, body and soul.
He’s the creator of a unique dance music that’s fused with local folk styles, highlife, and Western pop, and imbued with Islamic values— and he’s the greatest entertainer in all of Edo State.
They call him the Etsako Super Star.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: This is the third volume in Luaka Bop’s critically acclaimed World Spirituality Classics series, illuminating the relationship between music and belief.
It follows World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, awarded Best New Reissue (8.8) on Pitchfork and described as “sacred” by The New York Times.
It also follows World Spirituality Classics 2: The Time For Peace Is Now - Gospel Music About Us, awarded Best New Music (8.5) on Pitchfork and listed among the best re-issues in 2019 by Uncut, NPR and many others.
Big budget music video for English single “Jealousy.”
Release supported by archival and new video content, in development with Sunu Journal.
Forthcoming box set (Nov. 2022) includes a special Waziri book. Alhaji Waziri Oshomah will play select shows—along with his wife and musical collaborator Madam Hassanah Waziri—in the U.S. and Europe throughout 2023.
He can perform sets as long as 3-4 hours! (depending on the financial strength of the village)Sings in English and local languages, and is regarded as #1 Singer in all of Edo State.
A1. Forgive Them Oh God Amin – Amin
B1. Alhaji Yesufu Sado Managing Director
C1. Omhona - Omhona
C2. Ovini Omoekeke Alhaji Inu Umoru
D1. Okhume Ukhaduame
D2. My Luck feat. Madam Hassanah Waziri and Her Velvet Voice
Artist: Alhaji Waziri Oshomah
Label: Luana Bop
Genre: Latin, African & International
Format: Vinyl LP
Cat Number: LPLBOP100
Released: 23rd September 2022