What a time to be African. Africa’s greatest export is its music and OBT’s music is a fusion of all the elements of Africa’s sonic embodiment. Born Adigun Sasmson Adeyinka, OBT’s early musical influences; Lucky Dube, Peter Tosh, and King Sunny Ade are ever-present in his melodic dancehall rhythm which he interpolates with other genres.
After studying Music Production in South Africa, OBT returned to Nigeria where he founded ‘95 Issue – a creative media frontier. Under this imprint, OBT earmarked his presence on the music scene with his 2017 release, Killah – a groovy dancehall cut. With the appreciable success Killah garnered, OBT would go on to release a string of singles including his stand-out track, Medasi. An eclectic riddim that cleverly combines elements of Ghana and Nigeria.
Three years after his debut single, the long wait for OBT‘s project is over. His twelve-track debut album, Birdie, plays like a collection of personal memories gathered through years of traveling Africa and it embellishes diverse Afro-based sounds cohesively. For OBT, the journey to putting together his debut might have been longer than he envisioned but the destination never changed.
Listen to Birdie on your preferred streaming platform: africori.to/birdie