I’ve been on a bit of a world tour of music seeking lately. I guess if I can’t travel there physically somehow, might as well make it there musically. While there’s many fruits of this labour to share in the coming weeks, one thing for sure is that I can’t sit still. That was-until I caught a glimpse at the spectacular cover for Ebenezer Obey’s 1963 album ‘IN LONDON.’ The music that followed within sat me right down in my chair and kept me glued to it for the entire listen, something of a challenge for me lately. Playing in the style of jùjú, Ebenzer combines Nigerian beats with European influenced electric guitar and bass to form some of the most engaging and beautifully toned music I’ve heard all summer. Many of the songs capture a similar youthful energy and sound that was later tapped into by artists such as Os Mutantes. If you’ve been diggin on the likes of Panda Bear or El Guincho you’ll melt over this.
Try 2 of the tracks here:
Ebenezer Obey – Lbadan
Ebenezer Obey – Iba Foluwa/Ajo Kodabi Ile
Two songs together, when Ajo starts the opening guitar in the song hits a very rapturous stride.