Kehinde Lijadu Dead at 71

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The Lijadu Sisters with Ginger Baker, August 1972 (Victor Crawshaw/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
The Lijadu Sisters with Ginger Baker, August 1972 (Victor Crawshaw/Mirrorpix through Getty Images)

Kehinde Lijadu of the legendary Nigerian duo the Lijadu Sisters has died following a most cancers battle, Music in Africa and The Guardian report. According to Music in Africa, the reason for demise was a stroke. Lijadu’s household has organized a GoFundMe to boost cash for her memorial service. Her twin sister and bandmate Taiwo Lijadu writes, “Kehinde was my light, my love, my soul mate… my everything. I am bereft and will miss her dearly.” She was 71.

Born on September 18, 1948 in Ibadan, Nigeria’s third-largest metropolis, Kehinde and Taiwo started performing collectively as youngsters. After working as session vocalists, the pair demanded a session of their very own, which led to the discharge of their first album, Iya Mi Jowo, in 1969. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, the Lijadu Sisters launched a number of albums on the Decca subsidiary Afrodisia, merging western jazz, rock, soul, Afrobeats, and disco influences. In 1972, they carried out alongside Ginger Baker’s band Salt on the Munich Summer Olympics. Seconds cousins of Fela Kuti, the Lijadus usually addressed the political unrest in Nigeria of their music. In interviews, they steadily addressed the dearth of girls within the West African music scene.

In the 1980s, the sisters moved to New York the place they performed with King Sunny Ade. Their American ambitions had been stalled when Kehinde suffered a spinal harm. Though the Lijadus had been out of the highlight for a number of years, earlier this decade their affect was celebrated as soon as extra. In 2012 their 4 information had been restored and rereleased by Knitting Factory Records; Afrodisia additionally launched a compilation of their music, The Lijadu Sisters: Afro-Beat Soul Sisters. In 2014, they appeared alongside David Byrne, Damon Albarn, and Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor as a part of the Atomic! Bomb Band tribute to Nigerian musician William Onyeabor.