Presenting Alhaji Waziri Oshomah’s Blazing Single “Jealousy”


Alhaji Waziri Oshomah begins his sermon before a dancing crowd.

His lyrics warn about the vice of jealousy, but the congregation is here to get down. We’re in a small part of Edo State in southern Nigeria called Afenmailand, which is known for being a harmonious region where Muslims and Christians live—and dance—together. The atmosphere is one of enjoyment, excitement, and pleasure, because to see Waziri perform is to be addressed, body and soul.

A devout Muslim and pillar in his community, he's the creator of a unique dance music that's fused with local folk styles, highlife, and Western pop, and imbued with Islamic values—creating a singular sound that epitomises Afenmailand’s ethos of togetherness.

His new album, World Spirituality Classics 3: The Muslim Highlife of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah, is now available for pre-order.

If you haven’t already, check out his insanely catchy, blazing single “Jealousy.” (And find his lyrics here, if you want to study the lessons of Alhaji Waziri more closely.)

Alhaji Waziri Oshomah. Photograph by Eric Welles-Nyström.

“We need everybody for a better society, because just a tree cannot make a forest alone. The forest is comprised of different trees and many other living things.”
-Alhaji Waziri Oshomah

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