Alhaji Waziri Oshomah 'Vol. 1-5 (1978-1984)' 5xLP
On the heels of his already critically acclaimed retrospective, World Spirituality Classics 3 The Muslim Highlife of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah, Alhaji Waziri Oshomah — the Oyoyo king, the godfather of Afemai music, the Etsako super star, Mr. Please please please, Mr. Dynamite — returns with his complete volume series, compiled for the first time in a 5LP and 5CD box set.
Waziri hails from a small part of edo state in southern Nigeria called Afemailand, known for being a harmonious region where muslims and christians live — and dance — together. And there, as a devout muslim and an exemplar of religious piety, waziri fuses etsako / afemai folk styles with pan-nigerian highlife and pop to create a sublime vehicle for his islamic philosophy that gets everyone — muslims, christians, whoever — on the dancefloor.
This 5LP and 5CD set, Vol. 1-5 (1978-1984), focuses on waziri’s illustrious mid-career output — the music he created during the years leading up to and after he performed his first hajj (you might recognize some of the hits from the muslim highlife) — and includes a copy of the journey so far, a limited-edition book written and designed by his children, to celebrate waziri’s remarkable life and career.
Label: Luaka Bop