A CHAT ABOUT LIFE, CAREER AND THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY WITH AKAYCENTRIC
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Akay aka Akinola Olumuyiwa Oshodi nurtured his vocals singing in his church choir as a child and listening and singing along to his father’s music collection of the greats, like Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie (his favourite artist at the time).
Today Akay pursues a music career of his own. Boasting a diverse vocal range his newest track ‘Parachute’ is an ode to woman and love. The upbeat Hiplife rhythm finely compliment the catchy romantic lyrics from the chorus, “I need a parachute because I dey fall for your love”.
The beach side video for ‘Parachute’ was directed by Adasa Cookey who was behind Burna Boy’s ‘Like to Party’ and Mavin’s ‘Adobi’ that both reflect the paradisiac romanticism cinematography in Akay’s latest visual.
As the 2014 winner of the FAME concert and 2010 winner of Vybes Plus, Akay has been on a steady rise to spreading his good vibes with more music lovers.
What or who are your favourite musical inspirations?
I had a pretty exciting musical experience while growing up, my dad had a library of amazing artistes from Micheal Jackson, to Lionel Richie and the rest. So I grew up listening to these artists. Every now and then my father would play them back when he got back from work or during weekends when he was home. Back then one of my favourite artists was Lionel Richie.
When did you start singing?
I started singing as far back as I can remember. (giggles) As a child during our morning devotion and while singing our worship songs, I would sing in tenor, bass and treble. I didn’t even know what it was called back then, all I knew was that it made the song beautiful and my mum amazed…(laughs)
Did you take any singing lessons or is it all raw talent?
Talent is God’s gift, but it should always and can be developed. I guess I was a good singer from a tender age but I developed it by joining my school choir and church choir. I also had a bit of musical training from a musical institution. But like I always say, talent is talent.
What are your thoughts on the Nigerian music industry today, how do you think Nigerian artists are performing on an international level?
There is no doubt that the music industry in Nigeria is taking on a new dimension very quickly: there are emerging new sounds, new artists who know their onions as well as established acts working hard each day which has taken us to the international level. Our foreign counterparts can’t even ignore us anymore.
Your latest single “Parachute” is a love song, what were some of the inspirations behind the track?
When I wrote ‘Parachute’, I felt so many girls had been lied to in the past and needed songs of reassurance. So the inspiration came from that thought. I have been amazed at the response since its release.
When can we expect an album and what do you have coming up this year?
I can’t speak of an album for now,currently working on new materials, and also just released the visuals to the song ‘Parachute’ directed by Adasa Cookey. So right now I am promoting, working, performing in more shows and more appearances will follow up as well… So let’s see how that goes.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I am a shy young man, I usually will not walk up to you to say “hi”, but if you do it, I will be very glad to talk to you. (laughs)
Watch Akay’s new music video for Parachute below
Source: Our Mag
A month ago, we commenced another and intriguing element on our web stage. ‘New Face Friday’ is our method for giving an obvious stage for acknowledgment to the heaps of up and coming acts in the business. This is asides our officially existent arrangement of having their music material included on the site to a huge number of guests per time.
So we have joined forces with Upfront and Personal, the coordinators of MTN Music Plus Unplugged – a week by week Thursday occasion that will include one arbitrary artiste consistently. This artiste will stand the possibility of performing at the age occasion and usurp the chance to likewise meet with the main events for that Thursday’s music session. One noteworthy advantage is that the artiste enters the radar of a few industry administrators, A&Rs and name officials who beauty the week by week Thursday gig looking for new and sprouting gifts.
A month ago, we had Joel Prodigee of ‘The Misfit’ and this month, our crisp face disclosure is…
It’s new, it’s new and it’s a delightful afro sound from Akay!
“Parachute” was burnt underway by the deft aptitudes of 960 Music’s maker, Password. Considerably additionally fascinating is the way Akay keeps on exchanging easily between seeming like Brymo and a vocally gifted Davido. This is surely the stuff stars are made of.
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Nigeria is currently regarded as the industry leader and standard for AfroPop, dominating the African pop music market with a sound known as Afrobeats or Naija pop. While this genre of music has its passionate base of fans, many are also split in its increasing lack of versatility and ambition.
This is where Akaycentric has proven critics wrong on their industry forecasts with his groundbreaking, newly released EP “After All”.
Released by Monkey House Media, “After All” features a deliciously unique brand of AfroPop that is sure to attract and charm music lovers everywhere.
Opening with the newly released title Single “After All”, the EP quickly proves that Akaycentric has crafted something truly brilliant here. With its lush mid-tempo groove and intimate lyrical content that touches on themes of love and heartbreak; this track quickly draws you in with its engulfing and magnificently produced sonic landscape.
This track features the effective use of flowing percussive rhythms, relaxing (yet dance-inducing) drum-work, and skillful electric guitar (performed by renown guitarist, Fiokee).
Listen to “After All” on spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4WRW8rUNEHVtkRBFIopZRX
The EP also features Akaycentric’s previously released hit Single “Parachute”.
“Parachute” is an infectiously upbeat and fun track infused with the appeal of pop, soul of R&B, and features a variety of sounds consistent with African music traditions.
Watch the critically acclaimed music video for “Parachute” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNU_eQ7PqDY
Also featured on the EP is the emotive, and hypnotizing Single “Loving You”.
“AFTER ALL” IS A MUST LISTEN, AND IS ALREADY BECOMING A FAN FAVORITE.
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One of Nigeria’s very promising artistes, Akaycentric, has dropped a new single, titled “After All”, with a call on his colleagues to make music that are decent and enduring. Coming a year after his last song, Parachute, After All is Afropop infused with Makossa tunes, produced by E. Kelly and features celebrated guitarist, Fiokee. It preaches about love and the fencing that characterises today’s relationships.
Akaycentric, whose real name is Akinola Olumuyiwa Oshodi, and turned professional in 2010, believes music should be enduring and leave a good legacy.
“Some artistes are doing so well, but several keep rushing back to the studio because of the longevity of their songs. I am trying as much as possible to do songs everyone can love, that is also commercially viable, and adults won’t have to cover the ears of their children from listening,”
He also seeks more commitment and support from stakeholders and government for the entertainment industry, as more youths are being taken off the streets and gainfully engaged. The support should include attracting more international collaborators, fund distribution and curbing piracy..
Source: Vanguard NGR