Barmani Choge The First Popular, Fearless And Eloquent Hausa Female Music Star.

Born Sa'adatu Aliyu in Kaduna (now Katsina state) in 1943, Barmani Choge ventured into music at 27.

Choge, who popularised the mature Hausa women genre of music called Amada, was one of the best female Hausa singers from Northern Nigeria.

The Amada is centered around five upturned calabashes floating on water and played with the hands by elderly women.

Without fear of tradition or religion, Choge's songs talked about serious social issues like women’s education and the importance of small-scale trading by women, to vulgar topics like co-wives as idle snobs, voluptuous women’s backsides, etc.

The core message of her songs is that women should get up and shine in a male-dominated world.

Barmani Choge’s music didn’t only make women dance, it also made them think about their statuses in society.

Choge died in 2013 after a long battle with diabetes and paralysis. She was 70. She was survived by six children and 60 grandchildren.

Credit: North Book

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