Legendary African singer Kehinde Lijadu, best known as one half of Lijadu Sisters, has died at the age of 71. She and her identical twin Taiwo had numerous hits in Nigeria in the 70s, and recent reissues in the US led to increased appreciation worldwide for the sisters' bright, funky music.
by Jon Davis, Published 2019-11-10
The girls were born October 22, 1948 and grew up in the town of Ibadan, cousins of the legendary Fela Kuti. In 1972, they worked with Giner Baker in his band Salt, performing at the Olympic Games in Munich. Through the 70s, they released a series of singles and album in Nigeria, and also toured worldwide. In the 80s, the sisters retired from recording and relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where they sometimes performed with King Sunny Ade.
Kehinde suffered a stroke on November 9 and kied later the same day.
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