Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Evangelist Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi Turns 70


   Today April 3,2012  marks the 70th birthday of  Juju Icon  Evangelist Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi .Obey who is nicknamed Chief commander 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 under the tutelage of 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. 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.
     Obey's 70th  Birthday celebration is scheduled to take place later today  at 10 Degrees Event Centre,Ikeja Lagos  with another juju icon King sunny ade Performing.

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