The Evergreen Musical Company has described legendary juju musician, Ebenezer Obey, popularly known as “Chief Commander”, as a consistent juju musician whose music crosses all generations, ethnic groups and social strata.
Its managing director, Bimbo Esho, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos, congratulated Obey on his 80th birthday.
She said the music giant, even at 80, was still adorned with nobility, resilience, strength and wisdom.
Esho said Obey came up with songs that could stand the test of time, with the highest song record, 660.
“Ebenezar Obey is recognized today as a very consistent Juju musician and the first Nigerian musician with the highest songs recording (660).
“Like a colossus, he stands adorned with nobility, resilience, strength and wisdom.
“To some he is seen as a prophet and philosopher with songs that have stood the test of time, others see him as a moralist whose music and the teachings in it have kept the moral compass from his people to sink into oblivion.
“His humility and simplicity continue to hold him close to the hearts of many of his fans and supporters, we wish him a happy birthday and many years of sanity,” she said.
Esho noted that Obey paid his dues beyond mere rhetoric and contributed significantly to the growth of the global entertainment industry.
“The name of Commander-in-Chief Ebenezer Obey still awaits a permanent place in the history book as the musical embodiment of success.
“Congratulations to an evergreen music legend of all time,” she said.
Ebenezer Obey was born on April 3, 1942 into a family of Egba-Yoruba ethnicity. He belongs to the Owu subgroup of the Egba in Ogun State.
He began his musical career in the mid-1950s after moving to Lagos and being under the tutelage of Fatai’s band Rolling-Dollar; he formed a band called “The International Brothers” in 1964, playing highlife-juju fusion.
The group then metamorphosed into the “Inter-Reformers”, in the early 1970s, with a long list of hits from the album Juju on the West African music label Decca.
Some of his songs are, “Around the World”; “Asiko Mi Ti To”; “Awa Ewe Iwoyi”; “Ema Se Lo”; Edumare Adupé”; Ile Ti Ya” and more.