Obey calls his personal style the miliki (enjoyment) sound. Beginning where noted juju entertainer I.K. Diaro left off, Obey has drawn in such Western elements as multiple guitars and a Hawaiian steel guitar soloist, adding them to the traditional rhythmic fundament. Songs tend to reflect Obey's strong Christian beliefs as well as the common problems (often economic) of everyday life.
No record could do justice to the endlessly intense melodic and rhythmic variations heard during one of Obey's all-night concerts. (His touring band is fifteen members strong.) Most juju albums contain side-long songs, but even those rarely put across the scope of a single number. Je Ka Jo and Miliki Plus are similar to Obey's many Nigerian records; Jubilee is a sampler package - edited versions of eight tunes - that displays Obey's progression from grassroots juju to ever-more-sophisticated compositions. Unfortunately, it suffers from a severe case of enjoyment interruptus.
Recorded onstage in exotic Seattle (1987) with his Inter-Reformers Band, Get Yer Jujus Out delivers the live goods, as Obey weaves a sinuous spell for nearly 70 minutes. Featuring nine songs from his scores of Nigerian records, the music rolls with a hipshaking pan-African lilt informed by the guitar styles of soukous, highlife and, of course, juju. ~ Leon Jackson, All Music Guide