Thursday, August 7, 2014

Meet The Female Divas That Rocked The 80s And 90s

You probably will not be found guilty if you don’t know Nelly Uchendu, Salawa Abeni, Lijadu Sisters, Funmi Aragbaye, Lijadu Sisters and the likes. They were the Tiwa Savage, Omawumi and Waje of past generation. They sang about love, life, family and sex; and also passed on a truckload of wisdom. They sang practically about everything except swagger, ginger, kokolet and free madness.

So, for “Flashback” today, we went down memory lane to remind you of the music divas who rocked the Nigerian music scene. Scroll down and enjoy:

Onyeka Onwenu
The elegant stallion as she is fondly called, made her mark in the music industry in the 80s. She is a broadcaster, singer, actress and now politician. The ever graceful mother’s hit songs include One Love, Ekwe, Iyogogo and Wait for Me; a duet she did with the remarkable King Sunny Ade. Some of her songs are on the list of Nigerian evergreen tracks.

Christy Essien-Igbokwe
This lady wasn’t dubbed Nigeria’s lady of songs for nothing. Amongst other things, she is credited for putting Nigeria’s name on the world music map with her evergreen “Seun Rere” track.  “Seun Rere” a song that went viral not just for its rhythm, melody and composition but also for its strong message. Some of her tracks include Ife, Onwu, Don’t Let me Down, Saboteurs. Christy Essien-Igbokwe was also the first female president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN).

Nelly Uchendu
Nelly Uchendu is a name that won’t ring a bell to many, her fans inclusive, but her classic hit, Love Nwantintin is a song we all won’t forget in a hurry.  She is credited with modernizing folk songs; Nelly was a star of three worlds. She sang pop, gospel and highlife. She was a popular feature on the screen between 1979 and 1983. Nigeria, unfortunately, lost her on May 19, 2005.

Salawa Abeni
This queen of Waka music began her professional career in Waka music after she released her debut album, Late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed in 1976, on Leader Records. It became the first recording by a female artist to sell over a million copies in Nigeria: and as such the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, in 1992, crowned her “Queen of Waka Music”

Evi Edna Ogholi
Known as the “Queen of Nigerian reggae music”, Evi recorded her first album, a light style of reggae with vocals in her native Isoko, in 1989. She established herself all over West Africa and received sponsorship from Pepsi for a Nigerian national wide tour. Evi’s hits include Happy Birthday, Lingua Franca and Mobaro.

Good Women Choir
Who would ever forget the anthem, Odun nlo s’opin? From the seventies to the eighties to the nineties, the Good Women Choir, under the leadership of Mrs. D. A. Fasoyin ruled the scene and established their dominance with good gospel music. They made their marks with tracks like Jesu O Seun, Good Women, Mowo Ju Re.

Funmi Aragbaiye
Now for Funmi Aragbaye, music is a calling, her music career started in the church where she wrote songs and sang in the choir. She released her first album on Decross Label. She later joined Sony Music where she released Divine Call.

Sade Adu
Not sure if this lady should be on this list but she is still a Nigerian right? Anyway, Folashade Adu is a Nigerian-born British singer, songwriter, composer and producer. Sade was born in Ibadan, Oyo state to a lecturer father from Ekiti State and a white mother, a nurse. She first achieved success in the 1980s as the front woman and lead vocalist of the popular Brit and Grammy Award winning English group, Sade. Her albums include Diamond Life, Promise, Stronger Than Pride, Love Deluxe, Lovers Rock, Soldier of Love and Lovers Live. Sade was a beauty who made Nigeria proud in the diaspora.


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