Waka Queen Salawa Abeni is 60 years old today and she has every reason to be thankful.
Born May 5, 1961, she began her professional career in waka music when she released her debut album titled, Late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed, in 1976, on Leader Records. It became the first recording by a female artist in Yoruba Songs to sell over a million copies in Nigeria.
She was crowned “Queen of Waka Music” by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi in 1992. Waka is an Islamic-influenced, traditional Yoruba music style, popularized by Batile Alake; it is a much older genre than jùjú and fuji.
Family,friends and well wishers have been sending in good will messages to the ‘Gentle Lady ‘ crooner on her special day.