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Twin sisters Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu began their musical career in 1969, recording the the single “Iya Mi Jowo” for Decca Records’ West Africa division, later called Afrodisia. In addition to briefly performing with Ginger Baker in the group Salt, the Lijadu Sisters went on to release four great LPs on Afrodisia before moving to New York in the early ’80s. Today’s track comes from their fourth, 1979’s Horizon Unlimited. There’s some really neat footage of the sisters singing and being interviewed around this time; I’m pretty sure it comes from the documentary Konkombe: The Nigerian Pop Music Scene.
Their original releases seem tough to find, but earlier this year Soul Jazz Records put out a compilation of material from this period that covers many of the high points. Even more exciting is the recent reissue by Knitting Factory Records of their first two albums, 1976’s Danger and 1977’s Mother Africa.