Ebenezer Obey Biography

Since
the 1960s, Ebenezer Obey has been one of the most popular, prolific,
and influential musicians in Nigeria, releasing over fifty albums,
developing juju style, and conducting an informal and highly creative
campaign against his competitors in the musical world. 


Obey’s first
band, the International Brothers, was formed in 1964, and played a slow
and music composed of layered guitars and Yoruban percussion sounds.
Always a cultural and religious traditionalist, Obey worked within the
praise song mold, vaunting both Christianity and the various heads of
state for whom he played. But while his lyrics were traditional, his
musical direction was highly innovative. In an effort to rise above his
competition, Obey began to develop new musical “systems,” adding as many
as 20 new musicians to his ensemble at a time, extending the length of
his album tracks, and pumping out hit after hit. A stylish and bluesy
guitarist whose music had been contagious in Nigeria for years, Obey
finally enjoyed international success in 1980 with Current Affairs. 


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