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July 25th, 2008

Ebenezer Obey

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.

The wonderful blog Likembe has posted the album in full, I highly recommend going over there to grab the whole thing. Again, this will make your summer that much warmer and more enjoyable.

Try 2 of the tracks here:

Ebenezer Obey – Lbadan

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Ebenezer Obey – Iba Foluwa/Ajo Kodabi Ile

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Two songs together, when Ajo starts the opening guitar in the song hits a very rapturous stride.

Edvard

3 Comments »

  1. yep, real good.

    Comment by liana — July 25, 2008 @ 8:25 pm
  2. Woah,If I tell you how much I lust after Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey, you wouldn’t believe me.

    I think Evergreen Songs 1-30 of the Great Juju Musician satisfies my soul, it’s very exhilarating,
    Inspiriting, Inspirating and worth hearing.

    In fact, I cannot do without hearing at least One (1) volume of it when leaving home in the morning…

    “I AM SINCERELY A FAN, THAT IS WELL KNOWN FOR THE FACTS OF THE OBEYISM”

    I stored almost all the Volumes on all my Computers, even on my latest Core 2 Duo Dell Laptop.

    I prayed the Man have a Long Life, even as He has been converted to serve God, I stlll Like him…

    Comment by Ayo — November 9, 2008 @ 12:11 pm
  3. I guess for most of us Nigerians, Commander Ebenezer Obey’s music represents a time when it was great to live in Nigeria. Moments that are hard to recapture. Birthday parties, weddings, Easter, and Christmas. For me it was the late 70’s to the early 80’s, those were magical times for me in Nigeria, as kid, and Obey’s music was very influential, expecially around the house, with my parents.

    Comment by Olu — February 28, 2009 @ 1:34 am

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