Discography of Waziri Oshomah



Alhaji Waziri Oshomah was born in Osomegbe Ekperi, northern Edo State, Nigeria, and together with his late colleague/rival Bolivia Oshiogbeme is a leading musician of the Etsako people of that region. Edo and Delta States, together with their constituent peoples such as the Edo or Bini, Urhobo, Itsekiri and "western" Igbo, roughly correspond to the former Benin Empire, renowned worldwide for its artwork. While Etsako is related to the more widespread Edo language, the two are not mutually intelligible. There are close to 200,000 Etsako speakers in Nigeria, divided among various dialects. Oshomah's recordings are usually listed as "Ekperi," which is a dialect of Etsako.

Etsakoland, or Afemia, comprising six Local Government Areas of Edo State (see map),  lies at the southernmost reach of Islam in Nigeria. Unlike most of the former Benin Empire, people in this area are divided almost evenly between Christians and Muslims, in fact it is not uncommon to see a church and mosque next to each other. Alhaji Oshomah himself is a Muslim.

Waziri Oshomah still lives in Auchi, Edo State, and still plays music to the delight of Nigerians. My thanks to Mr. Peter Agabi and Dr. George K Oyakhire for information they have provided on Oshomah and the Etsako people. Any further information on Oshomah and his recordings would be very much appreciated. - John Beadle



1973
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Family United Band of Afenmai Nigeria
Ikkhayeapeya Iyowame (LP; Decca West Africa [Lagos] WAPS 97)
[A] Ikkhayeapeya Iyowame / Uyelime Nodomhe / Contractor Peter A. Sedi / Alex A. Irothume / Iraluagbo-Mhe
[B] Proprietor James Idomele / Akhayagboke Osimhe Oayyaemheya / Atsoegbele Agbcity / Olusetse Olukhomo / Hon. E.B. Sute / Ayayele

1974
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Family Traditional Sound Makers
Onoagbenye Oseogho (LP; Decca West Africa [Lagos] WAPS 161)
[A] Onoagbenye Oseogho / Agiede Otemomie / Osime Izimede / Alhaji Inu Umoru / Ekpeme Vhakoyouno / Ugwotome Lukhayome
[B] Late Peter Umogbai / Osomegbe Special / Olime Bimhayazaduegbe / Ogie-Gie

1974
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Traditional Family Sound Makers
Egbemhenyemho (LP; Decca West Africa [Lagos] WAPS 207)
[A] Egbemhenyemho / Igechemho / Amoi Ma Dumhamhaegbe / Wazogwere / Okhala Oviokhala / Rhagwu Wenewgwe
[B] Alhaji Col. F.A. Z. Shelu / Egwili Ozagboa II / Alhaji Inu Umoru / Oberaireghe

1974
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Family Traditional Sound Makers
Akhamotse Amobe (LP; Decca West Africa [Lagos] WAPS 229)
[A] Akhamotse Amobe / Izemhi Zakheobo / Amiagbo Ukporeyaki / Orevio Zobo Nwoeghughu / Oghena Oyowo
[B] Ugwotomhe Part II / Late Umosco F. Agwenethokhai / Iluneneale / Onokele Omiofu / Ukponiorobemhede

1975
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Family Traditional Sound Makers
Etsakor V.I.P.s (LP; Decca West Africa [Lagos] WAPS 297)
[A] Etsakor V.I.P.s / Lt. Momodu Gimah / Inusah Iyamah / Co. Shelu Etc. / Oluetse Akhayoagboke / Wakhala Gbe Afenmai
[B] Oghene Rememugle / Ilamoghena Tseyo / Iwarue Afenmai / Etsakor Chiefs / Rudson Imodu Sule / Asuorime Rudson Sule

1977
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Family Traditional Sound Makers
Amionarheyele (LP; Decca West Africa [Lagos] WAPS 363)
[A] Amionarheyele / Alhaji Oyarhekua / Tse Yemare / Alhaji J.I. Gbadume
[B] Erhame Iyomhe Nigwegie / Ajala Oshomah: Aibi Idonigie / Eneregbenwume / Aliakwe Lazaluonotse

Late 1970s?
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Afemai Traditional Sounds
Osomhe-Mhe (LP; Son of Man Trading Company [Onitsha, Nigeria] SOM 2)
[A] Osomhe-Mhe / Osinomuno Akhayagboke / Ukhalage Inu Umoru / Oluetse / Isele Koko Isele
[B] Ebayeuwe Odo / Ivhia Afenmai / Alhaji Inu Umoru / Zonuze Agbo



1977
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Family Traditional Sound Makers
Hon. Lawrence Idonigie (LP; Decca [Lagos] WAPS 396)
[A] Hon. Lawrence Idonigie / Managing Director / L. O. Idonigie Builders Ltd. Auchi
[B] Captain Inusah Iyamah / Iyakpi Ibie Etsakor / Osivue Family / Pat Acha Oguah / Iyioghe Agenebode

1977
Sir Waziri Oshomah
Ikwekiame Nezimede (LP; Decca [Lagos] WAPS 403)
[A] Ikwekiame Nezimede Emmanuel Imhomoh / Osimhe Loremekia Agbomenire (Part II)
[B] Ugheorenimhe / Oghenatso Tseyo (Part II)

1978
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Traditional Sound Makers
Volume 1 (LP; Shanu Olu [Lagos] SOS 037)
[A] Forgive Them Oh God Amin-Amin / Emoi Khakiegwi Aghumheile
[B] Igwegi Baba / Lyuchele Opomumhe

1979
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Traditional Sound Makers
Alhaji Yesufu Sado (Vol. II) (LP; Shanu Olu [Lagos] SOS 067)
[A] Alhaji Yesufu Sado Managing Director Alhaji Y. Sado & Son Ltd.
[B] Chief J. Aigbokhaode Electrical Contractor Ikhin-Benin / Ikwelame Idhume



1980
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Traditional Sound Makers 
Vol. 3 (Shanu Olu [Lagos] SOS 097) 
[A] Omhona-Omhona / Eyemaya Erayemare
[B] Oshiomegie Idonigie / I Forget Not Mother



1980
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Traditional Sound Makers
Etsakor Super Star (LP; Ebohon EBPLS 2)
[A] Chief L. O. Idonije / M/D L. O. Idonije Builders (Nig) LTD Auchi
[B] Late Chief Benson Akhigbe / Ukuse Osi Owan

1980
Sir Waziri Oshomah And His Traditional Sound Makers
Chief T.A. Aigbokade the Okuku of Ikhin
[A] Zoneze Oluemoebe / Otenyeme Rememie
[B] Chief J A Aigbokhaode / Iyowamhe Alhaji Inu Umoru

1981
Sir Waziri Oshomah And His Traditional Sound Makers
Sir Waziri Oshomah And Prince Agunu 2 Emokpaire (LP; Ebohon Records EPLPS 011)
[A] Ovini Omoekeke Alhaji Inu Umoru / Enakhe Prince Agunu 2 Emokpaire
[B] Okhume Ukhaduame / Emoiemi Alhaji Momoh Umoru

1982
Sir Waziri Oshomah And The Traditional Sound Makers
Vol. 4 (Shanu Olu [Lagos] SOS 157)
[A] Iyere: Mecca London / Chief Joe Omo Agba / Chief Mike Odidi
[B] Imirunolu Agizoane / Hungry Man Osamiogbewa

1983
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Traditional Sound Makers
Aloaye (LP; Waziri WAZ 001)
[A] ?
[B] ?

1983?
Alhaji Waziri Oshomah and His Traditional Sound Makers
Ota Pea Pea (LP; Waziri WAZ 002)
[A] Ota Pea Pea / Late Ojeiku Aisuku
[B] Ozemede Alhaji Abu Ali / Gold and Silver Alhaja M.S. Umoru



1983
Alhaji Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Traditional Sound Makers
General Gorila the Goat Me E (LP; Aloaye EGC 002)
[A] Adeke Onwunanyo
[B] Igie Etsakor / Austerity Measure



1983
Madam Hassanah Waziri and Her Velvet Voice
Vol. 1 (LP; Shanu Olu [Lagos] SOS 156)
[A] My Luck / Anegbe
[B] Akhameze / Osomegbe
-- Gilbert Hsiao reports that there is no female voice on this LP. It is apparently a straight Waziri Oshomah recording.

1984
Alhaji Waziri Oshomah and His Traditional Sound Makers
Vol. 5 (Shanu Olu [Lagos] SOS 187)
[A] Ame-Ogiegie Udo-Ogiegie / Wegieme Khayeya
[B] Amie Khagieguegbe / Chief Danesi Aidoviogie



1985
Madam Hassanah Waziri and Her Velvet Voice
Agbo Vol. 2?(LP; Shanu Olu [Lagos] SOS 189)
[A] Contents Unknown
[B] Contents Unknown

1985
Alhaji Waziri Oshomah and His Traditional Sound Organization
Ega (LP; Shanu Olu [Lagos] SOS 197)
[A] Ega - Oleluomo/ Oleleme - Pat Oguah
[B] Kobeva Nigbe Alhaja Alima M.S. / Izemize Ceramic Alaji M.S.Umoru



1985
Alhaji Waziri Oshomah and His Traditional Sound Organization
Wasemomhe (LP; Shanu Olu [Lagos] SOS 207)
[A] Wasemomhe / Ikpemhi Noghena
[B] Agbo Alelegbe / Orobobamhi Miemhe



1985
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Traditional Sound Makers
Knock Out '86 (LP; Shanu Olu [Lagos] SOS 217)
[A] Agbo-Oshiomare / Era-Iyo-Joe Agbedo
[B] Omonolegba - Chief Arona Osumah / Okpa - Eva Doherty Agbi

1985?
Alhaja Hassanah Waziri and Her Velvet Voice
Oghena Iruduna (LP; Shanu Olu [Lagos] SOS 219)
[A] Imhoukhumi Oghena Iruduna / Agbo Inyiode
[B] Emomhe Alhaja Awawo Oigbesor / Iyowa Iyeapemea
---No more information is available on this album or what relationship, if any, the artist has with Waziri Oshomah.



1986
Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Traditional Sound Makers
Message to My People (LP; Shanu Olu [Lagos] SOS 227)
[A] Alhaji M. S. Umoru Special / Ayegebere Late Madam Christiana Orbih
[B] Ukponosom Esq. J. Q. Sadoh / Alhaji M. S. Umoru / Aloaye B. J. Sedi / Alhassan Oyerhekhu

1980s ?
Alhaji Waziri Oshomah and His Traditional Sound Organization
Oyoyo (The Best) (LP; Sonnidisk [Lagos] SDR 017)
[A] Eno Gbomhe (Chief Abdu Mahe Adamu) / Oyoyo (John Degoh)
[B] Ayegbere (Albert Leeogie) / Ekperi Abuke



1988
Alhaji Sir Washiri Oshomah
Agimhekpemhi - We Thank Thee (LP; Waziri WAZ 004)
[A] Omoime Chief Dr. R. Dokpesi / Ogbene-Niregbaku Otinye
[B] Akpemhi Oghena (Chief Aduphus Sedenu) / Ayughe Dr. F.E.A. Ozekhome

1990s?
Alhaji Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Oyoyo Sound International
Patience (Oyoyo Series III) (Cassette; Sonnidisk [Lagos] SDC 176)
[A] Ivienagbo Oyoyo Three / Omo Nonyanya Krees Imodibie
[B] Amiema Wamiegue: Hakuri / Oghena Kemhise-Oyoyo Reggae

1993
Alhaji Sir Waziri Oshomah and His Oyoyo Sound International
Conscience - Oyoyo Series IV (LP; Supremedisk SDP 192)
[A] Emamie Agbo / Osigwe Mahe
[B] Conscience (Udu) / Oyoyo Raggae (Sweet Banana)




-- This discography was compiled in collaboration with Toshiya Endo, by John Beadle at P.O. Box 100174, Milwaukee, WI 53210 USA. For weblog, visit (http://likembe.blogspot.com/), and E-mail to John Beadle
Special thanks to: Peter T. Agabi, Dr. George K. Oyakhire, Gilbert Hsiao, Dr. Crackle, Zim Bida.....

Last updated on June 17, 2017




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