Waka Creator, Batili Alake dies

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Alhaja Batili Alake, popular Waka creator and singer singer died today in her home at Ijebu Igbo in Ijebu North local government area of Ogun State, in western Nigeria.

The waka singer who was popular for about four decades till around early 90’s gave up the ghost early today, after a protracted illness.

She was buried at exactly 4:20pm today at her residence in Oke Liyan area of Paroba,Oke Sopin in Ijebu Igbo according to Islamic rites.

“Mama was ill for sometimes now and in the last few days towards the of end of Ramadan,she was getting better until the illness relapsed again and resulted in death”, said a female relation of the singer.

Alhaja Batili Alake, Waka Singer
Alhaja Batili Alake, Waka Singer

“We are surely going to miss her a lot and the music industry will also miss her. Some of the musicians have been coming to commiserate with us and theyhave been saying a lot of good things about Mama.May her soul rest in perfect peace”, she added.

Alhaja Alake’s true age is not known. But the consensus is that she died in her eighties.

The deceased was among the top musicians in the early years of Nigeria independence that performed for the government of the Western Region then.

Among her contemporaries then was Alhaja Kuburat Alaragbo and Madam Abeni Sewele, Haruna Ishola, Ayinla Omowura, Ligali Mukaiba and a host of others.

She popularized the Islamic-inspired, Yoruba genre by playing at concerts and parties throughout Yorubaland, and was the first waka singer to wax an album.

She also mentored the latter day Waka Queen, Salawa Abeni.

In an interview with a Nigerian newspaper in April 2012, she was asked how she wanted to be remembered. Her response: How will you like to be remembered? “As the originator of waka music, a good musician who preached the word and to be remembered for my hit tracks and my albums”.

Have a taste of her music here: http://youtu.be/yHl9Bcx19vU


11 comments

  1. HRH FOLAMI

    I hope she is recognised by this great nation cos she is one of the heroines this nation has produced and she has really impacted some of us. can we still see an icon like this again?
    Rest in Peace mama. Adieu mama

  2. sunne dee

    May her gentle soul rest in peace.
    Sun reee ooo.

  3. 0gbagba

    mama RIP

  4. Af4labi

    May her soul rest in peace.

  5. kolapo

    This woman has gone with her beatfuf voice may her g
    entle soui rest in peace bye mama

  6. Adeola

    May your gentle soul rest in peace

  7. Labidjainaise

    Rest in peace Ma.

  8. Labidjainaise

    may her soul rest in prefect peace. Amen.

  9. Muhd Wasagu

    Inna Lillah Wa inna ilaihi rajiuun! May her soul rest in perfect peace.. Aameen

  10. lucabracee

    a musical enigma i pray the lord will give her family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and may allah grant her aljanah fidaus

  11. EgbaAlake

    Alhaja Batile Alake was one of the great pioneers of indigenous Yoruba music.My deepest condolences to the family and all her fans worldwide.May her gentle soul rest in peace……EgbaAlake@youtube.

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