No cap, Remilekun Safaru, aka Alaga Ibile, has grow to be an authority within the style of rap music in Nigeria. In this interview, the 41-year-old expressed delight being among the many artists musically main an African cultural reawakening throughout the globe.
Five albums to your credit score, the sixth is on the way in which, trying again through the years, what involves your thoughts?
“Gratitude to God, my team, family and most especially to the fans who made it all worthwhile. It’s been over 10 years of doing this and it is always humbling to find that there are people all over the world who value my music and art.”
How do you are feeling being a part of the main artists efficiently utilizing home-grown language, amongst others to specific your self musically?
“Well, I choose to express myself in whatever language helps me drive home the message of the song I am on, so, whether it is English, pidgin or Yoruba, I just want to communicate with the audience. Good music of course transcends language.”
Have you ever felt struggles for acceptance as a rapper utilizing native content material as a way of expression?
“I have never struggled for acceptance. Yes, it took me a while, unlike some of my peers, before I became mainstream but I saw it as a refining process. It has helped me become a better artist who appreciates the value of process, hard work and support of fans.”
In phrases of preserving our cultural heritage, you’re a part of the music artists doing properly in that mild, how do you are feeling?
“Music is an important part of global culture and it drives conversations and creates a bridge between various segments of people in a way that nothing else does. When I look at my journey and that of many other Nigerian stars who are making the country proud globally, I feel proud to be a part of this African cultural reawakening with Nigeria at the forefront.”
In phrases of worldwide attain, how will you price individuals’s attraction to your music?
“I’ve acquired followers in each space code (laughs). I keep in mind in 2014 when Time Magazine featured me, it introduced a variety of international pursuits in my music. These days, social media platforms have eliminated the borders so music travels into locations that can blow your thoughts.
“One of my little-known songs is quite big in the Caribbean and South America, and I know someone probably used it on Tik Tok and that’s how it blew up there. So, I don’t really want to go into rating the attraction of fans. I know it is there and it is strong.”
Also, what ought to individuals count on within the forthcoming album?
“There’s a lot of introspection and forward-thinking. My journey to this point has taught me a lot about people, a strong work ethic and the valuable support of my family and fans. You will hear a lot about that in the album. I am also collaborating with some exciting artists to help me give fans something they will totally enjoy.”
You confirmed nice appearing prowess with the character you performed within the film, King of Boys. What impressed you to dabble into appearing? Was appearing a part of your plans?
“I’m very versatile. It was time for appearing so I made a decision to try this. I’ve been approached quite a bit previously to behave, however I wished a narrative that was sturdy sufficient to place my model behind.
“Kemi Adetiba is one of the most talented moviemakers out there and she along with Aunty Sola Sobowale, Nse Ikpe Etim, and other members of the cast made my job really easy.”
How was it really easy so that you can be within the character you performed?
“Ask around, that character is Reminisce, I really had a good time playing it and fans loved it.”
Your finish recreation when all of the mud settles, how do you wish to be remembered?
“That I gave it my all. That I did not allow myself to be distracted at any point and continued to evolve and develop myself into a better artist and person. I want my kids to remember a father who embodied the spirit of hard work.”