Salawa Abeni, born May 5, 1961. She is a popular Nigerian singer from Ijebu Waterside, via Epe

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Salawa Abeni, born May 5, 1961. She is a popular Nigerian singer from Ijebu Waterside, via Epe
She began her professional career in waka music when she released her debut album, Late General Murtala Mohammed, in 1976, on Leader Records.
It became the first recording by a female artist to sell over a million copies in Nigeria.
In the second picture L-R are: Yomi Davies (Left), Salawa Abeni (in the Middle) at aged 9 and Alhaji Lati Adepoju (Right).
Alhaji Lati Adepoju is the MD of Leader Records, who discovered Salawa Abeni.
Alhaji Adepoju later became her first husband before her 2nd marriage to Kollington Ayinla.
Adepoju met Abeni when she walked into the Lagos offices of the local Leader recording label and asked to be allowed to play a demo tape.
Treating the young girl’s request as something of a joke, he promised to listen to the tape later, put it away in his desk and promptly forgot about it.
A few months later, visiting the nearby town of Epe, he saw hundreds of people lining up for admission to a society function where a 10-year-old girl was singing.
Curious, he went along, to find Abeni, the girl who had visited him in his office, singing in a compelling and precociously mature voice.
With her parents’ permission, he took her into the studios to record her debut, Late Murtala Muhammed, a tribute to the recently assassinated head of state, which became one of the bestselling Nigerian releases of 1976.
Since then she has had numerous album releases including her smash hit in 1984 “Indian Waka.” And in 1985, when Abeni recorded a tribute album to the recently deceased apala star Haruna Ishola, her bestselling release of the decade.
then she had up to 42 albums released
Iba Agba
1976
Late Murtala Mohammed
1976
Shooting Stars
1977
Ikilo
1981
Eni Tori Ele Ku
1982
Challenge Cup 84
1983
Adieu Alhaji Haruna Ishola
1984
3.87
2
India Waka
1984
Ife Dara Pupo
1985
Mo Tun De Bi Mo Se Nde
1986
Awa Lagba
1987
Abode America
1988
Ileya Special
1988
I Love You
1988
Maradonna
1989
4.00
1
We Are the Children
1989
Candle
1990
Congratulations
1991
Experience
1991
Cheer Up
1992
Waka Carnival
1994
3.00
1
Beware
1995
Appreciation
1997
In America
1997
Good Morning in America
1999
Afri-T
2002
Equal Right
2004
Ijamba Motor
Ija O Dara
Ile Aiye
Irohin Mecca
Okiki Kan To Sele / Yinka Eshi Esor
Omi Yale
Orin Tuntun
The Truth (Okodoro-Oro)
She also recorded for the Kollington and Alagbada labels, and remains one of Nigeria’s leading live attractions.
In 1977, Abeni formed her own group, the Waka Modernisers, and by 1980 was one of the most successful artists in Nigeria.
In the mid-80s, a long quarrel with fuji star Kollington produced a succession of attacks and counter-attacks,
in which Abeni lampooned Kollington, his parents and his relatives, along with his physical attributes (‘unpleasant lips, eyes like a prawn, a tendency to run away with married women’).Active1970s till now….
Born in Epe, Nigeria
Genre Internationabl
Styles African Traditions
.Abeni, since the late 70s, been the acknowledged modernizer and leader of the women’s vocal and percussion style known as waka, a close relative of the male-dominated juju, apala and fuji musics.
she walked into the Lagos offices of the local Leader recording label and asked to be allowed to play a demo tape.
Treating the young girl’s request as something of a joke, the owner promised to listen to the tape later, put it away in his desk and promptly forgot about it.
The virulence of the exchanges allayed any suspicion that the whole affair was a mutually beneficial publicity stunt, but the origins of the acrimony remain obscure.
They have since settled and till today remain very good friends

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