When an artiste is the first in the whole world to create and embed our African percussion sounds and voices (Talking Drums, Iya Ilu, Big Bata, Sekere, Dundun and Agogo) with African styles and rhythm (Party-Juju, AfroBeats and High-life) electronically into a keyboard (Yamaha PSR SX Series), then it is no longer a debate that he handles his craft excellently.
‘Christmas Gbedu’ is a tribute to a living legend – Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey. It is a Juju medley of some of his classics, some public domain Christmas Yoruba songs, Nigerian declarative and praise songs. The fusion of Retro Juju music elements and new age sound embellished with mellifluous vocal variations will leave you permanently enthralled.
Over the years, Juju Music is almost relegated to the background, but on this Miliki Juju track – Amb. Wole Oni brings back to this dispensation – a richly blended cocktail, beautiful ornamentation, crafted and garnished with melodic guitar phrases, Hawaiian flavour, and an astonishing percussion ensemble. An absolute good music lover’s delight!
In the words of the multi-award-winning, multi-instrumentalist Yamaha Ambassador and consultant, who is also a UN International Youth and Peace Ambassador – “I celebrate God for this invaluable gift and talent. Jesus is the Kabiyesi over all”.
“To all my family, friends and fans, this is for you. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year”.
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Arranged and Produced by Amb. Wole Oni for Instinct Productions.
Lead Vocals: Amb.Wole Oni
Background Vocals: Reigny Franklin and Clifford David
Synthesizers and Programming by W.O.M.P.
First PRS SX Hawaiian Guitars and Guitars by Amb.Wole Oni
Live Hawaiian: Amb. Funsho Odukomaiya
Live Guitars: Segun Olasehinde
Live Bass: Ayodele Oluwasegun
Live Drums: Amb. Wole Oni
Conga: Dunsin Akingbolasan
Talking Drums, Big Bata, Percussions programmed by Amb. Wole Oni on Yamaha PRS SX 900.
Production Team: Debola Wole-Oni, Aanuoluwapo Ayo Okpah, AdetayoShoga, Dunsin Akingbolasan
Photograph: Klala Films and Photography.
Graphic Design: eNuel Media
Edited, Mixed and Mastered by Amb. Wole Oni at WOMP Studio, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeria. 08023001914.