‘Stand out to make name’-
By Kolawole Bamidele
A Nigerian upcoming rapper, Akinwale Akinsunmade, a.k.a Wale rapper, has narrated the influence of the primary school he attended to his singing career.
According to him, at the end-of- the- year party, their teacher would bring out their potentials by encouraging them to perform in music, drama and different kind of activities which usually made the programme lively.
Wale rapper, while speaking with Friday Extravaganza in an interview, noted that the school promoted his inner ability and potentials to do exploits.
“When I got to the secondary school in Idris Premier College, where I discovered that the social aspect was not encouraging, but I have already gotten this talent in me.
“In our school then, on Saturdays during boarding house days , we used to have social nights, and I was composing music, giving them rap songs and other talents in all aspects.
“I was called rock style back then in school, I kept it low key because I didn’t want our principal to know.
“When I got to the university as an artiste officially in 2015, I recorded two songs then which brought me to limelight in the University of Ibadan in and outside the school, so people started listening to my music and downloading my songs.
“So by that time, I developed the skills of music and was involved in different kinds of acting. I don’t just do music, I do comedy skits.
“I could remember when I started in 2015, I used to go for a lot of free shows, so as to get myself relevant, so that people will know me.
“I have to push my music to higher level because in music industry, there are alot of competitions, so you have to stand out and you have to be different.”
The artistes a geography student of UI,he stated that he now has close to nine tracks to his credit.
According to him, what goes on in his environment gives him inspiration to compose songs.
He noted that with his music, he has been able to change the attitude of government in some areas.
Wale rapper who hails from Ile-oluji, Ondo State mentioned some challenges he encountered at the initial stage of his music career, to include people owing him for performance.
According to him, he would go to people organising events and urge them to give him some minutes to perform and he will do it for free, saying he didn’t care whenever they shouted at him.
He said people started calling him for show after his performance .
Wale rapper said that his aim is to become relevant and to be bigger than his fellow artistes in the next few years.
He urged his fellow artistes not to give up, and should keep doing what they know how to do best so that they will be able to change society with their music, saying one day, they will make it in life.
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