Marketing graduate of Lagos State University, Gbolahan Adeola, a.k.a, Adeh has arrived on the scene not to follow the bandwagon, but to carve a niche for himself as a different specimen with a lot to prove. His first album which is just beginning to get off the ground is a potpourri of different genres. Yes, such is the talent of Adeh, he could spin different things together and evolve a song that is unique. Listen to his story:
WHAT are you working on right now?
I am working on my new album titled Kingdom Call, which has 12 tracks. Two were recorded in South Africa. It has a South African language, a Congolese language and a core Nigerian language.
How do you mean a core Nigerian language?
Let me not say a core Nigerian language, but it has some Nigerian languages like, Igbo Hausa and Yoruba. In one of the tracks; Welcome To Africa, I projected Africa. It has South African , Congolese and Nigerian languages.
Why did you choose South Africa for the video?
I was in South Africa earlier this year for the Cape town Jazz festival just to view and witness what was happening. In the process I met people like Lahala Atawe and a whole lot of others I cannot remember now. So, I used that opportunity to explore the language. In exploring the language, I also met a Congolese dude and I added them to my album.
What is the story behind Kingdom Call?
It was after analysing all the tracks in the album, I found out that, it is gospel, inspirational , jazz and highlife kind of music. It is a fusion of different genres of music.
What genre of music do you do?
I am a gospel, inspirational and jazz artiste but I donít do dirty songs. When I mean gospel, you can be doing gospel and the sound is inspirational or jazzy. I present the songs in a jazzy form.
How long have you been into music?
I have been into music since I was born. But professionally, I started music in 2010.
Since that time till date, how many albums have you released?
This is my first album.
What have you been doing for that number of years?
I always tell people that in this part of the world, you must learn how to be patient, and not to be over-zealous. When you are over-zealous, you will over do things. So for me, I want to bring out something that will be appealing to people without being overzealous about the delivery.
How do you intend to compete with all these top men in the industry, what is so unique about you?
I was going to say that I am not in any competition with anybody but one thing I must tell you is that my aim in music is not to acquire wealth, but to make music that pass good message to the people. My aim is to motivate people. That is why you have the likes of Kenny Okoye, and Segun Obey in the album. If you listen to the lyrics of the album, they are words to inspire people, especially women. And another thing that makes me different again is that I play my instruments and they appeal to people. So, I export the Nigerian kind of music to the Westerners.
What is so special about your album?
It is an album that presents all the Nigerian genres of music in a jazzy way. There is high-life, Calypso and even South-African house music and all that. So, it is a fusion of many genres.
What challenges have you encountered so far?
The major challenge I will say for now is the financial constraints. There is also the looming threat of piracy.
What keeps you going despite the challenges?
The fact that people enjoy what I do keeps me going.
Is there any woman in your life?
Right now I am completely single. Beside my guitar, there is nothing else in my life.
What is the craziest thing a female fan has done to you?
She just screamed when I was performing, that is all. I do not do dirty songs, so, I donít expect a crazy thing from a female fan.
What has been your most memorable experience?
For me, the memorable experience I have had was playing at the festivals in Nigeria. That time that you would be playing and governors walk in. There was a time I was performing at the just concluded centenary pageant in Bayelsa when the Governor of the State walked in, I was asked to announce the presence of the governor.
What was your growing up like?
Yes it was rough, but I thank God that I was disciplined by my parents
How did you parents accept your choice of career?
Even till now, I am still battling with my dad to accept my chosen career but my mother is on the same page with me. My father keeps stressing that he didnít send me to school to study music. But I thank God that gradually, peace is beginning to reign in the house. At least, my mother gave me a larger share of the money to buy my first guitar
What are we expecting from you soon?
Expect the best of me anywhere you hear that I will be performing. Before this album, I have released four singles.