By Sylvester Kwentua
A number of years in the past, hits like ‘Sweetie child’, ‘Oloro’ and plenty of different hit songs, entertained Nigerian music lovers. Kola Ogunkoya, the self-styled Afro Gbedu musician, was the artist churning out such melodious hits.
Nonetheless, after being away from the Nigeria music scene for a few years, music followers are beginning to surprise the place Kola has been and what he has been as much as.
Potpourri caught up with the Afrobeat legend on WhatsApp and had a juicy dialog with the US-based Nigerian artist.
On what has been occurring to him, he stated, “ It’s a lengthy story. Because it seems just like the Nigerian leisure business gave up on us, the pioneers of Nigerian music, together with the legends earlier than my very own time, and confronted younger musicians, with flashy existence and fast cash, I made a decision to go worldwide, as a result of going worldwide has opened higher doorways for me”.
On what he’s as much as at present, he said, “I’ve quite a bit happening together with rearranging my music to swimsuit my new viewers in America in order that I could be on level. However for Nigeria, I simply really feel it’s best to overlook that facet (Nigeria) for now, as a result of it’s a small market on the planet of music and has no future for its artists.”
Kola Ogunkoya, 53, moved to the USA a number of years in the past, after he was defrauded of an enormous amount of cash, the identical interval his brother was killed in entrance of a clubhouse in Lagos.
With function fashions equivalent to Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Kola Ogunkoya carved a distinct segment for himself within the Nigerian music business but it surely seems his reminiscence is quick fading from the scene.