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You Must Obey: Nigeria’s Other Juju Superstar

By Richard Gehr, Contributor

Anyone mildly acquainted with modern African popular music has heard of King Sunny Ade, the international star of Nigerian juju. While Ade, born in 1946, has long been juju's primary technological innovator and global ambassador, Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey has enjoyed more local success as Nigeria's other juju superstar. If Ade has long embodied the music's heady raptures, the somewhat older, devoutly Christian Obey shepherds its soul. Like Ade, Obey deploys large arrays of guitars… more »