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Waka music is a popular Islamic-oriented Yoruba musical genre. It was made popular by Alhaja Batile Alake from Ijebu, who took the genre into the mainstream Nigerian music by playing it at concerts and parties; also, she was the first waka singer to record an album. Later, younger singers like Salawa Abeni and Kuburatu Alaragbo joined the pack. In 1992, Salawa Abeni was crowned "Queen of Waka" by the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.

At the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Shakira performed an African-themed song called "Waka Waka," though this song has nothing to do with the Waka music genre.

"Waka Waka" was also a 60s song by the Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti, and it's on the third disc of Highlife-Jazz and Afro-Soul. Again, however, this song has nothing to do with the Waka music genre.






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