Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey and his Inter-Reformers Band – Eyi Yato, Oti 1981

Ebenezer Obey, front2

Juju lovers, Pay Attention ! I have heard a couple juju albums
but this is the most Funky Juju I have ever heard.
I now quote the backsleeve notes; “The tracks on this
album are a complete departure from the mainstream of juju format,
although Obey’s style and grace of delivery is very distinct.
Obey has attempted and achieved in this album a very high level
of sophistication through his powerful guitar fireworks, beautiful
lyrics and masterly instrumentation. As Obey himself said on one
of the tracks on the album, “THIS IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT” or to put
it in proper Yoruba language, “EYI YATO”.”

tracks;

1 Ere wa di oloyin momo
– Kosi eni ti o mo ojo ola
– Tepa mose
– Chief George Oyedele
2 Eyi yato
– Elere ni wa
– E je ka jo

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10 thoughts on “Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey and his Inter-Reformers Band – Eyi Yato, Oti 1981

  1. This was one of the first juju records I bought in those days. Marvellous and really funky! Still buying juju (mostly Sunny Ade) and old soukous, it’s somehow difficult to read about the juju stars nowadays. For example, is Segun Adewale still playing? And where to buy juju on record?

    Your blog is a great source of fine music. I’m a true follower…

  2. This was one of the first juju records I bought in those days. Marvellous and really funky! Still buying juju (mostly Sunny Ade) and old soukous, it’s somehow difficult to read about the juju stars nowadays. For example, is Segun Adewale still playing? And where to buy juju on record?

    Your blog is a great source of fine music. I’m a true follower…

  3. Ebenezer was my first juju concert. Lucky me, since I had never heard of him or juju at the time. Way to go, Summerstage…
    I think I heard a watered down edit of Eyi yato, maybe on one of my compilations?
    But this, THIS…. this is a share and a half!
    Thank you, As-Salamu Alaykum, and may the force be with you as well.

  4. Ebenezer was my first juju concert. Lucky me, since I had never heard of him or juju at the time. Way to go, Summerstage…
    I think I heard a watered down edit of Eyi yato, maybe on one of my compilations?
    But this, THIS…. this is a share and a half!
    Thank you, As-Salamu Alaykum, and may the force be with you as well.

  5. i thought i’d never get to hear this again, after my copy got lost….

    there has recently been a small 6 or 8 minute segment re-issued on some funky lagos vol. 1,000 cd, but it wasn’t even in STEREO, and it ended right when the best part of EYI YATO was getting going…..

    yeah!!!

  6. i thought i’d never get to hear this again, after my copy got lost….

    there has recently been a small 6 or 8 minute segment re-issued on some funky lagos vol. 1,000 cd, but it wasn’t even in STEREO, and it ended right when the best part of EYI YATO was getting going…..

    yeah!!!

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