Lijadu Sisters

The Lijadu Sisters’ Kehinde Lijadu dead at 71

According to the Music in Africa and The Guardian, Kehinde Lijadu, one half of the iconic Nigerian duo the Lijadu Sisters, has died following a cancer battle. There is a GoFundMe the family has organized for her memorial service. Taiwo Lijadu, her twin sister and band mate, writes, “Kehinde was my light, my love, my soul mate… my everything. I am bereft and will miss her dearly.” She was 71.

She was born on September 18th, 1948 in Ibadan, Nigeria, where Kehinde and Taiwo began performing together as children. The pair demanded a session of their own after working as session singers in 1969. The Lijadu Sisters released several albums on the Decca subsidiary Afrodisia. They performed at the Munich Summer Olympics with the band Salt. The Lijadus often addressed the political unrest in Nigeria in their music and they also talked about the lack of women in the West African music scene.

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Prospect Hummer – Animal Collective

2. Everybody Wants to Be Famous – Superorganism

3. Come On Home – Lijadu Sisters

4. Party at Sunday – Cosmonauts

5. Gold Dust – Duster

6. Zombie – Fela Kuti

7. Didn’t I – Darondo

8. Soul Alphabet – Colleen

9. Le goudron – Brigitte Fontaine

10. Don’t Take My Soul – Jane Weaver

11. Merry Go Round – The Equatics

12. Moonstruck – Sinkane

13. Sunday Morning – Margo Guryan

14. Paulette – Balla Et Ses Balladins

15. Seabird – Alessi Brothers

16. If I Gave You My Love – Myron & E

17. It’s Not Easy – Ofege

18. Poor Moon – Canned Heat

19. Nomalizo – Letta Mbulu

20. Bra – Cymande

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Dreams via Memories – Ceramic Animals

2. Wire – Omni

3. Social Skills – Naps

4. To Connect – Floating Action

5. Powerful Love – Field Medic

6. Miss You – The Concretes

7. Rasberry Seeds – Petite League

8. Advanced Falconry – Mutual Benefit

9. I Am Over Here – Eerie Wanda

10. Seein* Starz – Jessica Lea Mayfield

11. What’s in it For? – Avi Buffalo

12. I Love You – The Bees

13. Earthquake – This is The Kit

14. Fireflies Made Out of Dust – Happy Jawbone Family Band

15. Come On Home – Lijadu Sisters

16. Good Dancers – The Sleepy Jackson

17. Adventures In Your Own Backyard – Patrick Watson

18. It’s  Time to Wake Up 2023 – La Femme

19. Daydreaming – Dark Dark Dark

20. Silver Timothy – Damien Jurado