Alexander Abolore Adegbola Akande, widely known as ice, a legendary Nigerian vocalist, has stated that the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti gave Nigerian musicians an opportunity to flourish.
In a recent interview with Sis Project Studios, the “Gongo Aso” hitmaker stated that Fela, the father of Afrobeats, introduced a genre that simplified things for many musicians who were trying new things and looking for a way to show the world their abilities.
He went on to say that Afrobeats taught him a lot and that he is grateful to be here to mimic what great people have done.
“Fela Anikulapo-Kuti gave us the platform which is Afrobeat for us to climb on top. We were trying to do Afropop. We were trying to do afrobeats. We were trying to do different names. But Baba [Fela] already has something that the world recognized.
“Afrobeat taught me a lot. King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, and Fela Anikulapo-Kuti are our grandfathers. And I’m glad to be in existence to emulate or to follow what they’ve done.”
In other news, Temilade Openiyi, professionally known as Tems, a Grammy award-winning Nigerian singer and songwriter, has opened up about the problems that come with fame and success, as well as why she shifted from Afrobeats to RnB.
She discusses a variety of issues with American rapper Kendrick Lamar in an interview published in the most recent issue of Interview Magazine.
Tems remarked that success often comes with demands and obstacles, but she tries to overcome them by being herself.