Mamman Shata Biography
Mamman Shata (born in 1900 in Musawa, Katsina State, Nigeria, died on 18 June 1999) was a Nigerian singer. He was a well-known griot/musician among the Hausa people of West Africa. His vocals were often accompanied by talking drums, known as kalangu. He performed for the Hausa people of Northern Nigeria and even non-Hausas for more than half a century.
Shata began singing with other youth for fun at the village square (“dandali”) after the evening meal. His prowess grew until he outshone the other youngsters. But he was doing that not for any monetary gain; it was merely a vocation for the youngsters.
Later he abandoned both the sweets-selling trade and embraced music or praise-singing full-time. This vocation took him to many villages in the Musawa area. Finally, he settled in Bakori after his benefactor, Abdullahi Inde, a prince of Musawa who was working there as a Native Authority official in charge of buying cotton and groundnuts, asked him to move other there. In Bakori, Shata married his first wife, Iya, whose real name was Binta. They had a daughter, Amina, who died in infancy. From his base in Bakori, Shata traveled with his band to places as far away as Katsina, Sokoto and Kano, which he first visited in the late ’40s. In 1952 his stardom began to manifest in Kano after he performed at a wedding party known as “Bikin ‘Yan Sarki” (Wedding of the Princes) where some 12 notable Kano princes married. In 1960 he moved to Funtua, a more cosmopolitan town not far from Bakori. Shata made Funtua his home for about forty years – up until his death.
Mamman Shata was one of the best selling Polygram artistes from the north from the 1950s up till the 1980s. He was a highly respected folklorist. He spent about 50–60 years in the music industry.
Mamman Shata Albums includes African Gold – Mamman Shata, Vol, 1, Iconic Sounds Of Africa – Vol. 87 and lots more
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