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Alhaji Muhammadu Gambu: Popular Hausa singer dies at 80

Alhaji Muhammadu Gambu

Alhaji Muhammadu Gambu has died at the ripe age of 80.

The popular Hausa singer known for his unusual songs for Nightcrawlers (Barayi), reportedly died yesterday, August 19, 2016, at the Maiyama General Hospital in Kebbi State.

Alhaji Gambu is survived by four wives, 16 children and many grandchildren.

The singer’s songs are known to have traveled all over West Africa and the Middle Eats, becoming famous for the ones dedicated to notable and sometimes fictional thieves who openly operated mysteriously within and around  Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States in the late seventies and eighties.

May his soul rest in peace.


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