Jùjú music traces its roots to the traditional, mostly drum based music of the Yoruba, one of Nigeria’s largest ethnic groups. Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey and King Sunny Ade began playing the music in the 1960s and are still playing to this day.
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey will perform Saturday at the 27th Annual African Festival of the Arts as part of the festival’s jùjú night.
We talk about the history of the genre with Queen Bunmi Ajibade, a protege of Commander Obey and Morning Shift and Radio M host Tony Sarabia. Queen Bunmi is performing right before Commander Obey on Saturday.