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Biography

Chief Ebenezer Obey, whose real names are Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Fabiyi, was born on the 3rd  April 1942 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.

Commander Ebenezer Obey: An electrifying music icon – Vanguard

THE history of music in Nigeria would be utterly incomplete without the inclusion of Commander Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi, a Juju maestro that has bestrode the landscape for more than 40 years. He is one of Nigeria’s oldest living and active Juju musicians and is reputed to have churned out a musical […]

I’m alive and well – Ebenezer Obey interview with Premium time

Legendary juju musician, Ebenezer Fabiyi, aka Ebenezer Obey, on Monday appreciated his fans home and abroad for their concern over the death rumour which made the rounds on July 4. Mr Fabiyi, who is also an evangelist, in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said […]

Lesson I learnt from my death rumour –Ebenezer Obey – Interview with Punch

Juju music legend, Ebenezer Obey, was at the receiving end of a death rumour last week. Though he has since come out to debunk the rumours, he has continued to receive goodwill messages from all over the world. In an interview with Saturday Beats, the singer said the death rumours taught […]

I want my children, grandchildren to be greater musicians — Interview with Punch

Legendary juju musician, Ebenezer Obey, has undoubtedly had a huge impact on the Nigerian music scene. Some of his children and his grandchildren have followed in his footsteps and are also doing well in their respective music careers. The patriarch of the family; his son, Tolu; and a grandson, Ladi, […]

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