Award-winning singer, Adigun Abolore popularly called ‘9ice’, has just unveiled a new artiste, Ojo Olamide who is known by his stage name, ‘Olamyte’ on his label, Alapomeji Ancestral Records. Olamyte, a phenomenal hip-hop artiste and a rare combination of rap and pure talent, is an indigene of Igbara Oke in Ondo State, Nigeria.
In this brief chat with TIJANI ADEGBOLA, 9ice states what qualities he sees in Olamyte who he believes has a bright musical future.
How does it feel unveiling Olamyte on your label?
It’s a privilege to always look inward and see someone to take the industry to the next level. Olamyte is an artiste for the future and this is the beginning of his journey and I’m sure God is with him.
How did you really discover him?
Olamyte is someone I have known for a while. Having studied him well, I realized he has what it takes to take music to the next level. This is why I asked him to let’s work together.
What song in his tracks that actually inspired you to work with him?
I was naturally drawn to him when I realized he is well gifted. He has so many songs. And we’re going to revisit all his songs. An artiste might have a song he had produced years back and you feel this is right for this time and you want your fans to feel it. There’s one of his song I love, it is titled ‘My Mother’. When I listened to it, I knew it was going to trend. He has other lovely songs but the first one we’re promoting is ‘Woke Ko Wole’.
There are other indigenous rappers do you think Olamyte can meet up the challenge?
Why not? He will mingle with others and also give his best. Since they say the joy of every father is to see his son surpass him, I want the best for Olamyte.
What is your view of the music industry in Nigeria as a stakeholder?
The industry is growing fine. Whatever you are doing you need to grow with it. The transition of media is larger now. It is for you to always improve on what you already have.
You have been around for a while, why have you not featured foreign artistes in your songs?
Music doesn’t have a particular language. The languages music uses are melody and rhythm. The right time will come for me to do that.
How do you think the Covid-19 challenge is affecting your industry?
The music industry has been supportive in the Covid-19 campaign. Musicians have been doing lots of songs on awareness.
Tell us about your new song topping the chat right now?
I have just released my tenth album called ‘Tip of the Iceberg’. It was released on May 29. I featured other Nigerian music stars like Olamide, Wande Coal and Reminisce. The next track will be released in December.