Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His Inter-Reformers Band

Ebenezer Obey (born 3 April 1942), nicknamed the “Chief Commander”, is a Nigerian jùjú musician.

Obey, whose full name is Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi, was born in Idogo, Ogun State, Nigeria of EgbaYoruba 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–jùjú 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.

Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His Inter-Reformers Band is his 1974 album released by Decca. First video - Side A, second video - Side B.

Tracklist:

A1
Iwa Ika Ko Pe

A2
Gbogbo Bi A Ti Nse

A3
Maa Si Niso

A4
Ninu Odun T'awa Yi Edumare Jeki A Lowo Lowo

A5
Ori Mi Ma Jeki Nte

B1
Motun Gboro Agba De

B2
Imole De

B3
Ilu Mi Ko Kere

B4
Egba National Anthem

B5
Lai Ku Ekiri

B6
Jinadu Isale Eko

B7
Eyo O

Artist / Ebenezer Obey
Album / Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His Inter-Reformers Band
Label / Decca
Format / LP, Album
Released / 1974
Genre / Jùjú
Links / Discogs

Ebenezer Obey
Also known as / Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey, Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi
Origin / Nigeria
Genre / Jùjú
Links / Wikipedia, Discogs