Abass Akande Obesere, better known as Obesere, was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria on January 28th, 1965. Growing up in Lagos, he came from a family of great musicians, so it was no surprise that he picked up the family talent through singing. However, he tried his hand in multiple professions whilst at school, with brief stints in boxing, printing and electronics. Eventually, at the age of 17, he devoted his energy to music.
A practitioner of Fuji music, Obesere was determined to stand out among his peers. His songs were deemed ‘vulgar’ by the wider Yoruba community for openly talking about issues that were deemed taboo. This controversial material, combined with an androgynous stage persona, got the attention of Sony Records and was promptly signed.
Obesere created his own aesthetic of Fuji music called Fuji Pop, which he describes as a fusion of hip hop and the traditional sound of Fuji music. His recent album Hip Hop Mafia is a perfect example of his aesthetic of combining different styles of music into one cohesive sound. This unique style has attracted thousands of fans around the world to his incredibly engaging concerts.
Throughout a career spanning four decades, Obesere has challenged the notion of what it means to be a successful musician in Nigeria and beyond. He has continued to raise the bar for others on musical prowess and integrity by maintaining a unique and authentic identity.
In 2019, Obesere signed a global distribution and publishing agreement with Blue Pie Records USA and Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP). Obesere is a Blue Pie Records USA artist and available at all leading digital retailers on the planet. Search “Obesere” and “Abass Akande Obesere”.