Gaise Set To Bring Ebenezer Obey & Fela Kuti Together For The Youths

Gaise, Coded TunesFast rising Afro-fusion artiste, Gaise recently signed to Id Cabasa’s Coded Tunes Entertainment and from all indications the rapper is set to take his music to new heights.

Having grown up in a typical Yoruba family in Ile Ife where he was exposed to local lifestyles – climbing trees and rolling tyres as pastime – Gaise has learned to appreciate life and philosophy on a deeper level.

Like most singers, his passion for music started out in the Church and the desire to be original in content and delivery led him to become a song writer.

In an interview with Channels Television’s Entertainment News, Gaise shared some of his thoughts on the music scene in the country, laying out his plan to bring options to Nigeria’s youth.

“I feel that young people, children and those who are at the mercy of the music that is available deserve an alternative,” he said.

According to him, “there is too much of a kind of music right now and I’m not talking of style. I’m talking of content.

“It (music available) is pretty much about body parts and affluence – flexing and clubbing. I feel that there should be more mentally stimulating music – music that you hear and it makes you think.”

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The rapper whose song ‘Little Drops’ gained impressive airplay told EN his music addresses issues and everyday living.

“Like I did with little drops and I was talking about Nigerians and the fact that with our actions, words and the things that we do, we actually influence the state of the nation

He further explained his opinion saying the floods in Lagos could not be blamed on the government but on citizens who litter the roads with waste.

“We are 20 million in Lagos, so if just four million of us are doing that, we have millions of litter blocking drainage. Of course, there’ll be flood.”

Although his music comes with a religious bias for Christianity which forms the boundaries for his content, Gaise admits that the late Afrobeats legend, Femi Anikulapo Kuti influences him – but only as regards delivery and style.

I am “considerably liberal. So I’m open to ideas. I’m open to learning…. so I expose my mind to those who have gone before (me)”

He adds that he will listen to rich music, even those that do not originate in Church,

“Any musician will be deceiving himself or herself if you do not give regard to the music that Fela did. I personally like the boldness with which he sang.”

Ebenezer Obey and Tope Alabi are some of the other musicians who inspire him.

“I want to do the Ebenezer Obey type of content with the Fela type fearlessness”.

Ebenezer Obey Made Professor Of Music

imagesVeteran musician, Ebenezer Obey was recently made the Professor of Music at Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.

The ‘Juju’music icon was honoured by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Saburi Adejin Adesanya, at the Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) Hall in the institution.

He is said to have donated musical instruments worth millions of Naira to the department as part of his promise and commitment to the university.

At the event were notable dignitaries in the Ogun state traditional and political circle which includes the Alake of Egba land, Aremu Gbadebo, Oba Adedapo Tejuosho, and former president Olusegun Obasanjo‘s wife Bola Obasanjo.

Also present were Tony Okoroji, Iyalode Alaba Lawson, Demola Dada, Senator Lekan Mustapha, Hon Adejare, Barrister Segun Odumela and ace music producer, Laolu Akins.

Closing the event, Obey thanked the university and promised the school that he would serve the institution with his heart and might.

Coming Into Music Was Unexpected – Guitarist

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A Nigerian guitarist, Adekunle Ayodeji, says his coming into music was unexpected because he studied Accountancy in the university. 

He said that after travelling around the world with popular musician, Labaja, he found out that he had special love for instrumentals especially Guitars.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Saturday Breakfast programme, Sunrise, Mr Ayodeji mentioned that there was no structure in the Nigerian Music Industry. “We don’t appreciate the days of jazz music, soul and the rest.  Every artist is a record artist instead of instrumental musicians,” he said.

Mr Ayodeji added that Nigeria was doing well in combating the issue of piracy, stating that most of the issues affecting musicians were mind-set  and accountability related.

Ayodeji who is now a South African based musician has played with the likes of Ebenezer Obey, Lagbaja, Gloria Ibru, Daddy Showkey, Daniel Wilson  amongst others.

Copyright society appoints Ebenezer Obey as Advisory Board’s Chairman

One of Nigeria’s Kings of highlife music Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi has been appointed as the Chairman of the newly formed Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) Advisory Board.

Alongside on the board are music icons that have made a formidable impact in the industry, Victor Uwaifo, Dan Maraya Jos, Onyeka Onwenu, Laolu Akins, Sunny Neji, Toju Ejueyitchie, Ben Ofoeze, Ossy Affason and Dayo Ogunyemi.

According to the newly appointed chairman of COSON Tony Okoroji, “Copyright administration is such a complex undertaking that requires all meaningful contributions.

“Since the board cannot accommodate more than the stipulated number of eleven members, the board has deemed it proper to set up an Advisory Council which will be made up of seasoned minds and achievers from within and outside the society; whom we believe have the right intellect to inject ideas that should help the board take COSON to our dream of being the Number one in Africa. I wish to state here that we are still building the Advisory Council as more hands will be invited to come on board and I believe in no time, members of COSON will be singing a new song.”

The association also added some of the young talented music icons as part of their executives such as R&B singer Banky W, Azeezat , Baba Dee, Fuji musician Adewale Ayuba and Audu Maikori.

One of the newly elected executives Azeezat expressed her appreciation and excitement, “This is a wonderful initiative, it gives the society an opportunity to benefit from the wealth of knowledge of people who have distinguished themselves in the music business in Nigeria, I am excited as I know this will mean well for all who have the progress of COSON at heart’,

Jonathan congratulates Ebenezer Obey at 70

The NigeriaPresident, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Tuesday joined other well-wishers to felicitate with legendary Juju musician, Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi on the occasion of his 70thbirthday.

Ebenezer Obey celebrates 70th birthday

Mr Jonathan in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati said that the famous musician’s life was “genuinely worthy of celebration” as his songs will remain evergreen in the memories of generations of Nigerians who will always cherish their enjoyment of the songs and the profundity of thought which they evoked.

“It is with utmost pleasure that I write to convey, on behalf of my family, the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, our warm felicitations to you on the landmark occasion of your 70th birthday anniversary.

“Yours is truly a life genuinely worthy of celebration. Right from the formation of your first band at the age of 22, you diligently pursued creative and productive excellence in your chosen musical career.  It was no surprise, therefore, that within only a few years, yours had become one of the most easily recognizable names across the length and breadth of our nation, and beyond.

“Your songs remain evergreen in the hearts of generations of Nigerians who will always cherish the twin emotions of blissful enjoyment and profundity of thought which they evoked.

“Your venture into full-time evangelism and propagation of the Word through music has been accomplished with the same degree of uncompromising commitment to professional excellence,” Mr Jonathan said.

He wished the “Chief Commander” happy birthday celebrations.

 

Ebenezer Obey plans big for 70th birthday

Nigeria’s Juju band-leader who ruled the scene for years, as a composer and performer before quitting to face full-time Christian ministry, Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi will clock 70 years come April 3rd.

Ebenezer Obey plans big for 70th birthday

Arrangements for the birthday celebration are in top gear.

The big party which is being put together by the musician’s committee of friends will feature a range of activities to celebrate the musician.

According to a preliminary programme line-up of activities preceding the event, the Idogo Town Hall in Ogun State will be dedicated and handed over to the governor of that state, Ibikunle Amosun on Thursday March 23, 2012 which coincides with the birthday of the singer’s late wife Juliana Olaide Obey-Fabiyi.

A thanksgiving service is to follow on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 along with a reception and public presentation of Obey’s autobiography and TV documentary. Dignitaries, cutting across the various strata of the economy are also expected to grace the occasion. Obey-Fabiyi was born on April 3, 1942.

Obey, whose full name is Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi, was born in Idogo, Ogun State, Nigeria. He began his professional career in the mid-1950s after moving to Lagos