Ebenezer Obey, born on April 3, 1942, in Egba, Idogo, Ogun State, Nigeria, is a renowned Nigerian highlife juju musician. He gained fame as the leader of The International Brothers, a band known for blending highlife and juju music. Throughout his illustrious career, Obey incorporated complex Yoruba principles into his dance-floor tunes, making him a beloved figure in Nigerian music. Today, let’s delve into the life and achievements of this talented artist.
Ebenezer Obey Early Life and Education:
Ebenezer Obey was born into an Egba-Yoruba family, specifically the Owu subgroup, in Idogo, Ogun State. His musical journey began at Methodist Primary School in Idogo, where he nurtured his passion for music from a young age.
Ebenezer Obey Career:
In the mid-1950s, Obey moved to Lagos and officially started his musical career. After receiving guidance from Fatai Rolling-Dollar’s band, he founded The International Brothers in 1964. This band later evolved into Inter-Reformers in the early 1970s and gained fame for producing successful juju albums on the West African Decca record label. Obey continuously expanded the band’s musical instrumentation, experimenting with Yoruba percussion and creating a unique fusion of genres.