Legendary musician, Ebenezer Obey, has
called on musicians in the country to see themselves as contributors to musical
and societal growth and not as competitors.
Speaking with journalists on Tuesday at National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos ahead of Ariya Eko Music Festival, Obey said musicians relating as competitors would create unhealthy rivalry which is not good for their careers.
The music festival, slated for December 15 at Lagos City Hall, Lagos Island, will feature renowned and upcoming musicians.
“Musicians must not see themselves as
competitors because everyone has his or her talent, which is unique to them. Two
of my children are musicians; they play my own kind of music but they do not
play exactly like me, so every musician has some uniqueness and we must learn to
respect one another’s talent,” he said.
“Musicians should see themselves as contributors to the growth of the music industry and the nation, but not as competitors.”
Obey, one of the musicians to perform at
the festival, commended the organisers — the Evergreen musical company and the
Lagos State Government — for promoting music indigenous to the nation and
“Ariya Eko started a long time ago and it stands to develop indigenous music like Juju, Fuji, Afro-beat, Apala and all. I really appreciate Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State for believing in artistes and upholding the annual festival,” he said.
Managing Director, Evergreen Musical
Company, Bimbo Esho, said: “Some of the musicians to feature during the
festival are: Sir Shina Peters, Jimi Solanke, Ebenezer Obey, Obesere, Ibitayo
Jeje, Omileyan, Oseni Ejire, Shola Vibrator, Aralola and many more.”
Flutist, Omatshola Iseli, will also be part of the performers.