Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey, one of Nigeria’s first recorded artists and a prominent juju singer, turned 80 on Sunday – we have decided to put together 10 songs from the legend.
Mp3bullet compiles a list of 10 evergreen songs from the juju vocalist, Chief Commander, Ebenezer Obey, as he clocked 80 years.
Obey has created hundreds of hit tracks that have stayed evergreen among Nigerians, especially Yoruba socialites, thanks to his percussion-rich and guitar-spiced juju music.
The 80-year-old, who used to weave classic Yoruba aphorisms into astonishingly catchy compositions, retired to Nigerian gospel music ministry in the 1990s after numerous years of rocking the Nigerian social circles dance floor.
10 Evergreen songs from Ebenezer Obey
The Horse, The man, and His Son
This is one of the singer’s most popular songs. Depicting the scenario of not being able to satisfy the ‘son of men’, Obey unlocked this amazing groove in 1973.
Aimoasiko is another amazing track the Chief Commander has dispensed. The fast uptempo melody was released in 1987 and was recently re-created by ‘Simi’ who featured the singer on his inspiring tune.
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Eni Ri Nkan He
Released in the mid-70s, this is a classy juju mid-tempo number – dishing out morals and values.
What God Has Joined Together
Blessed with the use of strings, Obey took on the lovely ‘Romeo & Juliet’ disco on this track. He dropped it in 1981, and to date, it is one of the most widely played songs at Nigerian weddings.
Ota Mi Dehin Leyin Mi
Putting on the whole armour of God, Ebenezer graced us with this prayer-centered melody in 1975.
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Edumare Soro Mi Dayo
Filled with joy and gladness, the evangelist decided to appreciate God for his goodness and mercies – and the people of God says… Hallelujah… Still one of my favourite tunes that can be played in almost every function.
Mukulu Muke Maa Jo
This is another soft groove, that can be considered evergreen! Obey released Mukulu in 1975. Mukulu is a praise eulogy to his maker, filled with jolly strings.
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Edumare Dari Jiwon
Another solid track that surfaced in 1975 – Obey solicits for his enemies in the presence of the lord. Clearly, he sought the scripture; “But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you (Math 5: 44).
Ambition (Ebenzer Obey songs)
In 1983, Ebenezer Obey returned to the music scene with this juju-infused Afrobeat medley.
Womanhood (Ebenezer Obey Songs)
Lastly, there is Womanhood which was released in 1991 – another classic you would definitely enjoy!
Ebenezer Obey @80: 10 Evergreen songs from the music legend
- The Horse, The man, and His Son
- Eni Ri Nkan He
- What God Has Joined Together
- Ota Mi Dehin Leyin Mi
- Edumare Soro Mi Dayo
- Mukulu Muke Maa Jo
- Edumare Dari Jiwon