Kindly introduce yourself
I am Akindele Oladele Solomon, born on the 28th of April in 1985, with Abeokuta the rock city and land of freedom in Ogun State as my place of origin, that is Isale Igbehin precisely in Abeokuta. I have a Christian family background and I happen to be the fourth out of five children given birth to by my parents.
How did you take your first steps into the world of music?
It all started way back in the church, whenever I was ill or feeling sick due to some unpleasant circumstances, I discovered that attending church services during such unpleasant period to sing or beat the drums got me healed from whatever was affecting me negatively
What was the initial attraction that made you opt for music?
I got the music inspiration from my parents, because my father happens to be a drummer and a very energetic dancer, while my mother happened to be the choir mistress in the church, along the line, my love for music that has meaningful message and combined with danceable beats made me fall for King Sunny Ade and Chief Commander Ebenezer Obeys brand of juju music, while my brother inspired my love for Sir Shina Peters brand of electrifying Afrojuju.
What has been your best career moment so far?
That was when I went to perform at the child christening ceremony of one of my secondary school teachers. I felt on top of the world because teachers mould destinies, and it was an opportunity for me to give back to a teacher who had contributed immensely to my upbringing and education.
Which major challenge can you describe as intimidating in your career line so far?
I won’t say it has been intimidating but it has been extremely challenging given my efforts at rebranding my juju brand of music in terms of attempting to blend R&B , foreign Old Schools lyrics, fuji and highlife music into my juju brand, it has been financially challenging and quite stressful.
How has it been with regard to client management?
I must confess that clients have helped me to grow just like an elastic rubber band that can be stretched, and I recollect when someone introduced me to a client, so I could perform at the clients event and the next thing was like, the client wondered how a small boy like me would be able to live up to expectations, given the standard nature of the event and the high class of attendees that would be present, even the host friends doubted my competence so they told the person that introduced me he would be held responsible if I messed up.
So what happened thereafter?
The host and his friends proceeded to invite another musician to be on standby should I not live up to billing or expectations. After the event, the host called me aside to appreciate me with more money based on my scintillating performance. So, I see clients as those that must be pleased and made to realize that if someone does not wear a hood, it does not imply that he does not have the qualities of a monk.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I hope to be an household name in the music world by then, with enviable reputation of having successfully created a high standard blend of juju, fuji, highlife, hiphop and R&B. An amalgamation of music brand that stands out.
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