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Ebenezer Obey
 Ebenezer Obey
 

Ebenezer Obey (born 1942), nicknamed the "Chief Commander," is a Nigerian pop musician.

 Biography

Obey, whose full name is Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi, was born in Idogo, Ogun State, Nigeria of Egba-Yoruba ethnic background. He is of the Owu subgroup of the Egba. He began his professional career in the mid-1950s after moving to Lagos. After tutelage under Fatai Rolling-Dollar's band, he formed a band called The International Brothers in 1964, playing highlife-juju fusion. The band later metamorphosed into Inter-Reformers in the early-1970s, with a long list of Juju album hits on the West African Decca musical label.

Obey began experimenting with Yoruba percussion style and expanding on the band by adding more drum kits, guitars and talking drums. Obey's musical strengths lie in weaving intricate Yoruba axioms into dance-floor compositions. As is characteristic of Nigerian Yoruba social-circle music, the Inter-Reformers band excel in praise-singing for rich Nigerian socialites and business tycoons. Obey, however, is also renowned for Christian spiritual themes in his music and has since the early-1990s retired into Nigerian gospel music ministry.

 Partial discography

1964

    Ewa Wo Ohun Ojuri

1965

    Aiye Gba Jeje b/w Ifelodun
    Gari Ti Won b/w Orin Adura

1966

    Awolowo Babawa Tide b/w Oluwa Niagbara Emi Mi
    Palongo b/w Teti Ko Gboro Kan
    Oro Miko Lenso b/w Orin Ajinde
    Late Justice Olumide Omololu b/w Iyawo Ti Mo Ko Fe

1967

    Olomi Gbo Temi b/w Maria Odeku
    To Keep Nigeria One b/w Awa Sope Odun Titun
    Edumare Lon Pese b/w Omo Olomo
    Ope Fun Oluwa b/w Paulina

1968

    Ore Mi E Si Pelepele b/w Ajo Ni Mo wa
    Ijebu L'ade b/w Lati Owolabi
    Col. Ben Adekunle b/w Ori Bayemi
    Lolade Wilkey b/w Adetunji Adeyi
    Gbe Bemi Oluwa b/w Olowo Laiye Mo

1969

    Ode To Nso Eledumare b/w Pegan Pegan
    Sanu-olu b/w K'Oluwa So Pade Wa
    London Lawa Yi b/w Oro Seniwo
    Isokan Nigeria / etc
    Eni Mayo Ayo / etc

1969/1970

    Emi Yio Gbe Oluwa Ga b/w Ise Teni

1970

    Lawyer Adewuyi
    Ala Taja Bala b/w Ohun Toluwa Ose
    Ogun Pari / etc
    In London
    On The Town

1971

    Ija Pari (Part One) b/w Ija Pari (Part Two)
    Esa Ma Miliki b/w Awon Alhaji
    Face to Face b/w Late Rex Lawson
    Oro Nipa Lace b/w Yaro Malaika

1972

    Late Oba Gbadelo II
    Board Members
    Vol.4: Aiye Wa A Toro
    In London Vol. 3
    Odun Keresimesi

1973

    And His Miliki Sound
    The Horse, The Man and His Son
    E Je Ka Gbo T'Oluwa
    Adeventure of Mr. Music
    Mo Tun Gbe De

1974

    Inter-Reformers A Tunde
    Eko Ila
    Around the World
    Iwalka Ko Pe

1975

    Mukulu Muke Maa Jo
    Ota Mi Dehin Lehin Mi
    Alo Mi Alo
    Edumare Dari Jiwon

1976

    Late Great Murtara Murtala Ramat Muhammed
    Operation Feed The Nation

1977

    Eda To Mose Okunkun
    Immortal Sings for Travellers
    Adam and Eve

1978

    Igba Owuro Lawa
    Oluwa Ni Olusa Aguntan Mi
    No Place Be Like My Country Nigeria

1979

    In the Sixties Vol.1
    In the Sixties Vol.2
    Igba Laiye
    Sky
    E Wa Kiye Soro Mi
    Omo Mi Gbo Temi

1980

    Leave Everything to God
    Current Affairs
    Sound of the Moment
    Eyi Yato

1981

    Joy of Salvation
    What God Has Joined Together

1982

    Celebration
    Austerity
    Precious Gift

1983

    Ambition
    Singing for the People
    Greatest Hits Vol. 3
    Je Ka Jo
    Thank You (Ose)

1984

    The Only Condition to Save Nigeria
    Solution
    Peace

1985

    Security
    My Vision

1986

    Gbeja Mi Eledumare
    Satisfaction
    Providence

1987

    Aimasiko
    Immortality
    Victory
    Patience

1988

    Determination
    Vanity

1989

    Formula 0-1-0
    Get Yer Jujus Out

1990

    Count Your Blessing
    On the Rock

1991

    Womanhood

1993

    Good News

1994

    I Am a Winner
    Walking Over (1994 ?)

1995

    The Legend

1999

    Millennial Blessings

2000

    Promised Land

2002 ?

    Ase Oluwa

 

 

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