Musicians must not see themselves as competitors, but contributors- Obey

Gospel Juju maestro, Chief Ebenezer Fabiyi, aka Ebenezer Obey, has admonished musicians not to see themselves as competitors, but contributors to the development of the music industry.

Speaking at the media parley on Tuesday in Lagos on the forthcoming Ariya Eko Music Festival slated for 15 December, 2019 at the City Hall, Lagos , the music legend said people almost turned music into politics between him and Juju maestro,  Otunba Sunday Adeniyi, aka Sunny Ade.

Obey, who maintained that no two talents can be the same urged musicians to appreciate each other instead of unnecessary rivalry that will cause confusion and chaos.

“ Musicians must not see themselves as competitors, but contributors because no two talents can be the same. We must appreciate each other.

“We must focus on how to bring about development into the music industry to create fun and make our fans happy instead of unhealthy rivalry. But for divine intervention, people almost turned music to politics between me and Sunny Ade.” He said.

The music legend who explained the concept of the Ariya Eko Music Festival said it has become a huge success.

He, however, said musicians like Sir Shina Peter, Fuji Music act, Abass Akande, the lady talking drummer, Aralola and others have promised to perform during the induction of the Evergreen Music into the Hall of Fame.

Going down the memory lane, Obey said he became a professional musician in 1957 against the wish of his mother who wanted him to become a lawyer or doctor.

On his legacy, Obey said apart from being a visiting lecturer at the Olabisi Onabanjo University where he was made a professor based on the teachings of his genre of music- Obey Music, he also has Obey Music Foundation, the Music School, Sound Engineering Department and music department.

He maintained that it was the National University Commission’s prompting that led to his being made a lecturer at OOU.

He also explained that his Music School has an affiliation with a Polytechnic in Ogun state, while two other universities are ready to work with the school.

On his copyright infringement, Obey said he believes that was his contribution to the music industry, adding that you can’t be great without singing other people’s song. 

Speaking in the same vein, former President of Performing Musicians of Nigeria, PMAN, Mr. Tee Mac-Itsueli, urged the young generation to work harder in other to attain greatness in the industry.

Mac-Itsueli said: “ You need skill to be a good musician. There’s no short cut. You must work harder.”

Speaking earlier, the Ariya Eko Music Festival facilitator, Bimbo Esho, said music started in Lagos and has remained the hub, adding that there’s no musician who achieved success in Nigeria without passing through Lagos.

She, however, said Chief Obey has paid his dues in the music industry with 660 great songs- the highest any musician has reeled out in Africa, and therefore deserves to be celebrated.

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