OJB Jezreel dies at 49

Nigerian producer Babatunde Okungbowa, known professionally as OJB Jezreel is dead. He was aged 49.

Family sources say he had been in and out of hospital since having a kidney replacement on October 21, 2013.

He is survived by three wives and eight children.

Okungbowa is mostly remembered for his work with Oxygen, Paul Play, Ruggedman, X-Appeal, Jazzman, 2face Idibia, and many others. He produced pop icon 2face Idibia’s classic debut album ‘Grass to Grace‘ and the seminal, industry-redefining 2001 rap single ‘Ehen Pt. 1.

His Silverpoint studios, in Gbaja, a neighbourhood in Lagos mainland, was for many years a mecca of sorts, for those seeking an entry into the Nigerian music industry.

He would later himself return to the front of the mic, although he never recorded as much success as with his production career. Some of his solo hits include Jah’s is my lite, Searching, Beautiful as you are, Pretete and Shitta Anthem

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