the lijadu sisters


The Lijadu Sisters in rehearsal and conversation

“Twin singers Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu work out a number for a new album and discuss their experience as female artists in the Nigerian music industry. (circa 1979/80)”


The Lijadu Sisters in rehearsal and conversation

In Afrospect: The Lijadu Sisters

BEHIND THE MUSIC: THE LIJADU SISTERS- This Nigerian 70’s band was made up of a set of twin sisters with a wicked sense of humour and a unique perspective on life. Here’s a transcript of a short interview they did, along with a snippet from a documentary from the 70’s in which they talk about the role of women in the music industry at the time.

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Big Star - Stroke It Noel

Shannon and The Clams - In The River

Neil Young - Lotta Love

John Phillips - Mississippi

Willie Nelson - The Party’s Over

John Cale - Barracuda

Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance - Roll On Babe

The Staple Singers - For What Its Worth

Bill Withers - Can We Pretend

Lee Dorsey - Mexico

The Lijadu Sisters - Life’s Gone Down Low

Lee Hazelwood - Califia

Link Wray - Ice People

F.J. McMahon - Sisters Brother

Jackie DeShannon - Vanilla O’Lay

Johnnie Frierson - Have You Been Good to Yourself

Simon & Garfunkel - We’ve Got a Groovy Thing Goin’

Drug Cabin - Ruby

Lee Dorsey - Give It Up

Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Darkest Light

Harumi - Hurry Up Now

Marcia Griffiths - Don’t Let Me Down

Stereolab -Lo Boob Oscillator 

Ike & Tina Turner - I’ve been Loving You Too Long 

Robert Charlebois - California

Sam Cooke - Lost and Lookin’

Father John Misty - Real Love Baby

Bert Jansch - Strolling Down the Highway

Bob Dylan - From a Buick 6

John Cale - Hello, There

Annette Peacock - Pony

Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters - As Long As I Have You

The Slickers - Johnny Too Bad

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - It’s Summer

Fred Neil - That’s The Bag I’m In


Lijadu Sisters in the studio