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NYC: Win Tix To See Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey [8/7]

Ticket contest for Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey live at SOB's NYC.


Legend of Nigerian jùjú music Ebenezer Obey, aka the "Chief Commander," returns next month with a stop in NYC. Modern jùjú's funky father will be joined by a full band and King Sunny Adé's dancers August 7th at NYC's Sounds of Brazil (SOB's), and we're giving away a pair of tickets.

Enter to win 2 tickets to Ebenezer Obey 8/7 at SOB's: follow @okayafrica and tweet at us along with the hashtag #JujuKing. We'll be picking a winner Monday 8/5. And while you're waiting for August's good times check out this throwback of Chief Commander live at the 1983 Montreal Festival.

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Photo: Courtesy of Saphir Niakadie

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