The name is Obre4 (Struggling Man). And Reggae is the Vibe! Obre4 was born at Mampong Akwapim but grew up in Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana. His mother is Akwapim and the father, Ewe. At a young age, Obre4 set out following the crowd to Nigeria in search of greener pastures during his country's worst times. He had the greatest opportunity of exposure to a lot of music while he was there. Listening to the Reggae Greats like Max Romeo, Justin Hinds, The Pioneers, Abyssinians, Culture, Burning Spear, Bob N' Peter among many Others, had a great impact on him and I believe that was when the Musical Seed was planted deep within. Disc jockeying when he returned to Ghana after the Mass Deportation, and watching the music grove and move the crowd nurtured that seed. He was in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire when Alpha Blondy came to the scene. He had a bigger impact on him because he was local, and that was when Obre4 started to write his songs. When he finally got a break and got to the U.S.A., at last! He said. The desire has always been music but instead, he joined the U.S. Navy and soon after, Saddam Hussein flexed his muscles on Kuwait and he found himself in the Gulf (Desert Shield/Storm), and soon after that, Somalia (Operation Restore Hope). After 4 years of active duty, Obre4 was discharged (honorably) only to join the merchant marine (seaman). He sailed on oil tankers for a few years and loved it but his music was suffering and kept calling him so he heeded to the call and enrolled in school (Conservatory Of Recording Arts/Sciences, Mesa, Arizona), where he studied Audio Engineering and Music Production. This way he can write and record his own songs the way he feel thern. Obre4's life journeys has taken him to places and he's come across different people on different continents and in his observations, he noticed that the only language that brings us all together is MUSIC. This has inspired him to practice this language and into his life's experiences, he have tapped to write these songs. This way, the feelings are TRUE. This is the force behind his first project: CONSCIOUSness. This album is nicely cooked with the help of the talented and crafty Misgana Mulat who did some wonderful job throwing down the drum tracks, keyboards, and some tight basslines while Dale Hauskins of Majek Fashek fame sweetened them up with some wicked guitar licks and everything is then blended together by the Legendary Bassist, Fully Fullwood of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh fame, giving it that authentic Roots Reggae feel yet maintaining the African groove. Obre4's songs comes from deep within to bring Hope, Love and A Word Of Thought to Humankind.