Saturday, November 15, 2008
Juju treats: Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey vs. King Sunny Adé vs. Theophilus Iwalokun
Just in case you need more than just a little juju, here are some useful links. King Sunny Adé and Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey are both kings of juju. There´s an equal power sharing situation, although King Sunny may be more widely known because of the international success of the 1982 album Juju Music. These records are usually 2 x 20 minute long jams of mellow slinky guitar sounds and supersoft singing. Here's some of the right juju stuff that you can find out in de blogosphere.
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & his Inter-Reformers Band- Eda to mose okunkun (1975)
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & his Inter-Reformers Band - Joy of Salvation (1981)
@no condition is permanent
King Sunny Ade & his African Beats - Juju Music of the 1980s (1981)
@ global groove
King Sunny Adé & his African Beats - Bobby (1983)
@ no contiotion is permanent
(keep looking at no condition is permanent and you find still more King Sunny albums.)
... And then when you start to think juju is exclusively about these two guys, the worldservice blog throws us a surprise, this guy Theophilus Iwalokun who sounds just as cool as the others, and can provide som well deserved variation after hearing King Sunny and Ebenezer for hours and hours.
Theophilus Iwalokun - Philosopher (year unknown)