Album artwork for Vol. 1-5 (1978-1984) by Alhaji Waziri Oshomah

On the heels of his already critically acclaimed (yes, already!) forthcoming retrospective, WORLD SPIRITUALITY CLASSICS 3: THE MUSLIM HIGHLIFE OF ALHAJI WAZIRI OSHOMAH, Alhaji Waziri Oshomah — the Oyoyo King, the Godfather of Afemai Music, the Etsako Super Star, Mr. Please Please Please, Mr. Dynamite — returns with his complete Volume Series, compiled for the first time in a 5 LP box set.

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.

This 5 LP set, VOL. 1-5 (1978-1984), focuses on Waziri’s illustrious mid-career output—the music he created during the years leading up to and after he made his first hajj. Every song here (some of which you might recognize from THE MUSLIM HIGHLIFE) 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.Included in the box set is a copy of THE JOURNEY SO FAR, a limited-edition book written and designed by his children, to celebrate Waziri’s remarkable life and career.

Alhaji Waziri Oshomah

Vol. 1-5 (1978-1984)

Luaka Bop
Album artwork for Vol. 1-5 (1978-1984) by Alhaji Waziri Oshomah
LPx5

$116.99

Black
Released 11/04/2022Catalog Number

LP-LBOP-8007

Album artwork for Vol. 1-5 (1978-1984) by Alhaji Waziri Oshomah
CDx5

$50.99

Deluxe Edition, Includes 30-page Booklet

Black
Released 02/17/2023Catalog Number

CD-LBOP-8007X

Alhaji Waziri Oshomah

Vol. 1-5 (1978-1984)

Luaka Bop
Album artwork for Vol. 1-5 (1978-1984) by Alhaji Waziri Oshomah
LPx5

$116.99

Black
Released 11/04/2022Catalog Number

LP-LBOP-8007

Album artwork for Vol. 1-5 (1978-1984) by Alhaji Waziri Oshomah
CDx5

$50.99

Deluxe Edition, Includes 30-page Booklet

Black
Released 02/17/2023Catalog Number

CD-LBOP-8007X

On the heels of his already critically acclaimed (yes, already!) forthcoming retrospective, WORLD SPIRITUALITY CLASSICS 3: THE MUSLIM HIGHLIFE OF ALHAJI WAZIRI OSHOMAH, Alhaji Waziri Oshomah — the Oyoyo King, the Godfather of Afemai Music, the Etsako Super Star, Mr. Please Please Please, Mr. Dynamite — returns with his complete Volume Series, compiled for the first time in a 5 LP box set.

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.

This 5 LP set, VOL. 1-5 (1978-1984), focuses on Waziri’s illustrious mid-career output—the music he created during the years leading up to and after he made his first hajj. Every song here (some of which you might recognize from THE MUSLIM HIGHLIFE) 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.Included in the box set is a copy of THE JOURNEY SO FAR, a limited-edition book written and designed by his children, to celebrate Waziri’s remarkable life and career.