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.
“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