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Celebrating the Iconic Lijadu Sisters: Nigerian Musical Trailblazers

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Kehinde Lijadu (22 October 1948 – 9 November 2019) and Taiwo Lijadu (born 22 October 1948) were identical twin sisters from Nigeria who performed as the Lijadu Sisters from the mid-1960s to the 1980s. They achieved success in Nigeria and internationally, blending Afrobeat with jazz and disco, and earning comparisons to the Pointer Sisters.

Kehinde Lijadu (22 October 1948 – 9 November 2019) and Taiwo Lijadu (born 22 October 1948) were identical twin sisters from Nigeria who

Early Years and Musical Influences

The twins grew up in Ibadan, Nigeria, inspired by artists like Aretha Franklin, Victor Olaiya, and Miriam Makeba. With guidance from music producer Lemmy Jackson, they developed their unique blend of Jazz, Afrobeat, Reggae, and Waka.

Rise to Stardom

After winning a record contract with Decca Records, they released their first album, “Iya Mi Jowo,” in 1969. With hits like “Orere Elejigbo” and “Danger,” they became top stars in Nigeria, and their fame extended to the United States and Europe.

International Success and Influence

The Lijadu Sisters performed at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and toured extensively. Their positive, politically themed music and ethereal harmonies captivated audiences worldwide.

Move to the United States

In the 1980s, the sisters relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where they continued to perform and record. Their music was featured in documentaries and on world music series.

Legacy and Recognition

The sisters’ music has left an indelible mark on the Nigerian music scene. Their album “Double Trouble” was released in the US in 1984, garnering critical acclaim.

Recent Performances and Tributes

In 2014, they joined the Atomic! Bomb Band for a tribute to William Onyeabor. Their performances received widespread praise, showcasing their enduring talent.


The Lijadu Sisters’ contribution to music is unparalleled. Despite the passing of Kehinde in 2019, their legacy continues to inspire new generations of musicians and fans.

By celebrating the Lijadu Sisters, we honor their groundbreaking musical journey and the impact they’ve had on the world of music.

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