Apala, Fuji & Waka Theme Week, day 1
Alhaji Ayinla Omowura & his Apala Group
“Ati d’Ariyo”, EMI 1979

De laatste tijd zit ik volop in de Nigeriaanse muziek. Eerder
hadden we hier op de Global groove al een Nigerian Week.
Hierin kwamen juju, apala, fuji en highlife al aan de orde.
Later hadden we een week met in het bijzonder de Etsakor
en Afenmai highlife sound. De komende week staat vervol-
gens volledig in het teken van Apala, Fuji en Waka. Deze
stromingen staan bol van drums en percussie gecombineerd
met vokale hoogstandjes. Eerst was er apala, met artiesten
als Haruna Ishola en Ayinla Omowura. Daaruit kwam de fuji
voort, Ishola en Omowura waren van de eerste lichting en
werden opgevolgd door jongens als Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister
en Kollington Ayinla. Wasiu Ayinde Marshall was hot in
weer later stadium en in zijn slipstream Adewale Ayuba. Tij-
dens de jaren 80 kwam een mengeling van juju, fuji en tradi-
tionele Yoruba muziek in zwang die waka wordt genoemd.
Dames als Salawa Abeni en Alhaja Adijat Kubura Alaragbo,
Salawa Abeni werd de ‘Queen of Waka Music’ gedoopt.
Kortom, het belooft een week vol drumspektakel met een
vleugje Islam maar ook keihard dansgeweld, enjoy ..

For quite a few months now I am caught up in Nigerian music.
On an earlier occasion we had a sole Nigerian Week here at the
Global Groove with juju, fuji, apala and highlife. Then later we
had a week with Etsakor and Afenmai highlife. The coming week
will be entirely dominated by apala, fuji and waka. These waves
are full of drums and percussion combined with vocal tours de
force. First there was apala, with artists like Harune Ishola and
Ayinla Omowura. Apala was followed by fuji, Ishola and Omowara
were the first, then came guys like Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister
and Kollington Ayinla. Wasiu Ayinde Mashall was hot in the late
eighties followed by for instance Adewale Ayuba. During the same
eighties waka music became popular, a mixture of juju, fuji and
traditional Yoruba music. Ladies like Salawa Abeni and Alhaja
Adijat Kubura Alaragbo, Salawa Abeni was crowned ‘Queen
of Waka Music’. In short, it will be a week full of drums with
a spark of Islam but also powerful dance vibes ..

tracks ;

01 – Enirobisimi ibiaba
—–Borin nbo lenu kamadupe
—–Late joseph sowunmi
—–Elekotode orin owe
—–Aja meresa ayo ahon denu
—–Nibologba taori lode
02 – oro kan jemi logun ti mo fe so
—–Meso social circle mushin
—–Songo apa bata apa worowo
—–Atidariyo kari aiye
—–Konitan nigba osun

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6 thoughts on “Apala, Fuji & Waka Theme Week, day 1
Alhaji Ayinla Omowura & his Apala Group
“Ati d’Ariyo”, EMI 1979

  1. Hello Moos, when will you continue your sampler series? In the beginning you mentioned, it should feature one track of each listed album on here. Please continue, and add the albums that you`ve missed on the last few volumes. Thanks in advance.

    • You are right Anonymous, at first I took one track of every listed album. The thing is that
      many African records just have two tracks so they are up to 25/30 minutes sometimes. Because
      I wish the Samplers to remain full of variety I started skipping the longer tracks. I hope
      you understand. But you are right it is time to continue making some more .. hang on ..

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