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Kehinde Lijadu dies at 71

Kehinde, the twin sister of Taiwo of the Lijadu Sisters fame has died aged 71. According to their cousin, David Olanrewaju Lijadu, who confirmed the news; Kehinde died in New York, the United States of America (USA), in the early hours of Saturday.

The deceased, who has been battling severe stroke, ruled the Nigerian music scene, along with her identical sister, from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s.

The identical sisters were cousins of the late afrobeat icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

The duo, with their unique combination of genres of afrobeat, reggae, disco and Memphis soul, achieved great success in Nigeria and moderate popularity and influence in Europe during the period.

Born on 18 September 1948, the duo had to their credit several albums, including ‘Horizon Unlimited’, ‘Danger’, ‘Africa’ and ‘Sunshine’, among others, with evergreen tracks such as Reincarnation, Danger, Orere Elejigbo.

The Lijadu Sisters were notable for being the West African version of the Pointer Sisters who were said to attained popularity by mixing afrobeat sounds with jazz and disco.

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