Waziri hails from a small part of Edo State in southern Nigeria called Afemailand, known for being a harmonious region where Muslims and Christians live—and dance—together. And there, as a devout Muslim and an exemplar of religious piety in his community, Waziri’s music fuses Etsako/Afemai folk styles with pan-Nigerian highlife and pop to create a sublime vehicle for his Islamic philosophy that gets everyone—Muslims, Christians, whoever—on the dancefloor.
When Waziri made Vol. 5 at the peak of his career, when he had recently traveled to Mecca and performed the hajj—and you can hear the impact of this journey in his music’s indescribably funky and spiritual potency. Every song here strikes his signature balance of traditional music, highlife, and funk, as he entreats you to stay on the straight and narrow, though there’s nothing straight about his beat.
For those of you who are interested in going deep on the wonderful Waziri, Vol. 5 is also now available alongside the other four volumes of the series, for the first time ever, as part of a complete set (in a box): Vol 1 - 5 (1978 - 1985).
Alhaji Waziri Oshomah - Vol. 5
A1. Ame-Ogiegie Udo-Ogiegie
A2. Wegieme Khayeye
B1. Amie Khagieguegbe
B2. Chief Danesi Aidoviogie