CHIEF ONYENZE NWA AMOBI
Well known as Onyenze, has a musical heritage that is hard to deny. Although people assume that the Ogidi-born highlife musician was a direct son of the late highlife legend Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe.
Onyenze is actually his nephew. Yet “Commander” Osadebe raised the young Onyenze as his own son, and allowed him to spend lots of time with him and other inspirational musicians during rehearsals.
Born in 1978 in Anambra, Onyenze studied physical and health education at the University of Nigeria and didn’t start playing music professionally until 1999. That year, he released the album Ndidi Amaka (Patience Is Good). The album, a modern take on philosophical highlife thought, found its way to Amaco Music and was released in March 2000.
Livin Dey Highlife was recorded in early 2009, and is Onyenze’s first international digital release. With it, he hopes to spread his highlife sound to the vast Nigerian and Igbo diaspora, but also to highlife fans and novices alike throughout the world.