Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers — A Christmas Special By The King of Juju
Happy holidays y’all. My best good homie Seb from Brussels (part of the wonderful Rebel Up! outfit)) blessed this xmas eve with a crucial Nigerian juju Christmas-themed tape by an Awesome Tapes From Africa favorite, check out his description:
Ho Ho Ho! Christmas, Nigerian juju style by Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers: A Christmas Special By The King of Juju! Since the 50’s Ebenezer Obey had been crafting his special juju-highlife sound, which is a mix of Yoruba percussion, talking drums, electric guitars and vocals in Yoruba. Later in his life he only started playing Christian gospel music (a fate which many Nigerian musicians seems to befall from a certain age onwards) and he passed away in 2011 in Lagos university hospital at the age of 67.
This tape was recorded sometime in the 60’s with his then-band International Brothers. It was a golden find in one of the many Nigerian stalls around London’s Brixton market last spring. Both sides are filled with heavenly sweet jangling guitars, muffled percussion, talking drums and festive Yoruba singing, with some surprise Christmas melodies played as one continuous medley in lo-fi tropical spheres. As the title already said, the chief was the self-proclaimed king of juju and we can only bow down to his legacy. Listen to these funky Christmas waves and have a great one!
Irinse Lojona Obey O Jona
Ile Oba To Jo
Ka So Wo Po
Oro Obi Pelu Iyawo
Oro Oko Pelu Obi
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Pls help me I want to be able to download all chief commander ebenezer obey’s record
just right click and save the two links for sides a and b. does that help?
It was his wife who passed away in 2012
Specifically the one for late oba sijuade’s corronation in 1980
mr Taiwo, Chief Commander Obey – Oba siujuda is on Current Affairs LP, to be sold quite cheap here:
clip is here:
thx for teaching us something :)
This is our best musician in our family, know one can play or joke with chief commander Ebenezer Obey we so much love him and his music.