R’n’B crooner turned urban gospel artiste Obiora Obiwon has witnessed enough transitions to keep the Nigerian urban music scene guessing and his followers constantly on their feet. Nevertheless, the successes of the albums “Overture” which spun the hit ballad “Onyinye” and “The Rebirth” equally heavily driven by the hit wedding anthem “Obi Mu O”, position him as a force not to be ignored in Nigerian popular music and beyond.
After a brief stint with award winning HipHop group Thorobreds, Obiwon made his solo debut in 2006 with Overture while working nine-to-five in a commercial bank. Shortly after the release of the album, Obiwon resigned the bank job to completely focus on his burning musical passion. Overture gained instant critical acclaim and some measure of commercial success, with the awards following in 2007 at the “HipHop World Awards” and “Nigerian Music Awards” for vocal performance.
In 2008 Obiwon made several references to a deep spiritual experience and new focus on gospel themes while starting off work on a much anticipated sophomore, The Rebirth. The well accepted album mostly showcased his new sound and faith journey, introducing him to a new urban gospel audience.
Obiwon currently tidies “T.R2012”, the sequel to his sophomore title and his third full length album. On this album, Obiwon boldly reiterates the convictions, confessions and shares more experiences of The Rebirth. Musically, the album successfully experiments eclectically with electronic music, cultural Nigerian rhythms and HipHop styles over his characteristically expressive vocals.
On his general musical path and future, the artiste affirms, “My greatest musical ambition is to be vehicle for music that speaks life and brings healing and can also be fun when required. I’m so thankful to have finally found the purpose of my own existence and gifting and I’m glad to continually give in to the higher calling”.
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Good To Me
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F.a.t.h.e.r (Part 2)
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