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‘People look down on Yoruba hip pop artistes’

Damilola Elebese

An Ekiti born hip hop artiste, Olaosebikan Olaoluwa Oladuni also known as 9ja advocate said that many people look down on him because he renders his lines in Yoruba dialect.
The artiste, who identified his mentors late legendary rapper Dagrin, Olamide and Reminisce, told Friday Extravaganza how difficult it has been for him due to the choice of language
“When I started as an artiste, no one gave me a chance because they thought I could not reach the peak of the game because I render my line and rhythm mostly in Yoruba,” he stated.
Aside diction, 9ja Advocate also identified that it had been difficult getting financial help to promote his music.
The artiste, who has been singing since age 9, further noted that life has thought him how to relate with people since he has been singing.
“I relate with my fans excellently because we are in the band together I do the singing and they do the listening.
According to him, God has been his major source of inspiration and he believes, he would be signed by a music label one day.
The artiste, who started singing professionally in 2009, said he had recorded more than 10 tracks.
Speaking about his personal life, Olaoluwa said, “I do go to club whenever I am invited to perform. I am glad that the hustle and struggle in life give me more strength to be who I am”.
He advised upcoming Artistes not to relent, to keep working and have faith in God and that “the way will definitely open for them”.

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