Back in the days, if names of ingegenous musicians from the South-West making waves were to be listed, there is no way late Apala music legend, Ayinla Omowura's name will not make such list. In fact, his name would arguably make the top 3, as he was very famous with his very philosophical style of Apala music.
As a matter fact, for an artiste who died in 1980, and his albums are not only still being bought in numbers from music shelves, but also still being used on radio stations across the country when meaningful evergreen songs are to be played on air, speaks volumes for the kind of talent Ayinla Omowura was. No wonder, top Nigerian cinematographer, Tunde Kelani, decided to shoot a movie recently on the life and times of Ayinla Omowura as a musical enigma.
Meanwhile, did you know that there is a child of Eegunmagaji (The big masquerade) as Ayinla Omowura would refer to himself in his music as, that also sings Apala like him?Yes, there is. And interestingly, the child in this instance, is not a male but a female. Her name is Queen Halimat Omowura. And findings have shown that she is the first and only female so far to sing Apala music.
Also refering to herself as Egunmagaji, Queen Halimat is also a talented singer who has released about 2 albums of her own. And very close to all the Fuji music stars from K1, Sefiu Alao, Saheed Osupa, Pasuma, Sule Malaika and the rest of them, Queen Halimat is, evidently, doing her best to keep the legacy of her legendary father on.
No wonder when it was the 40th anniversary of the demise of Ayinla Omowura in 2020, Fuji star, Sefiu Alao, with Queen Halimat, as well as surving members of Ayinla Omowura's band, were featured in a tribute album for the late Apala music exponent. And interestingly, Sefiu Alao sang Apala, instead of Fuji music, in honour of Ayinla Omowura, in the album.
The industry should just watch out for Queen Halimat Omowura who is out to make a big statement with her Apala music, just like her late father did.
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