Born in Ghana to Nigerian Parents, U.S. based Abass Akeju is gradually but steadily carving a niche for himself in the international music scene.
With a new single recently released for Valentine titled, ‘Sade,’ Akeju is set to take his music to another level altogether.
Haven featured the likes of top international act like Beenie Man, Scappy, Joey to mention a few, the sky seems to open for Akeju to stamp his authority not only in Nigeria but the world at large. In this chat with Newstimesafrica, Akeju who is also an entrepreneur and philanthropist talks about his passion for music.
Let’s meet you: tell us about yourself and your foray into music?
I was born in Ghana to a Nigerian parent. I love life. I enjoy comedy. I love being creative. When I am not in the studio or working with my other business interests, I enjoy spending time with my family. I meditate, workout and travel.
How many singles or albums do you have at the moment?
I have a few singles out. I have one EP out at the moment. I just released a new single called ‘Sade’ for Valentine’s Day.
Do you have any single you are working on?
I am working on a few songs I don’t want to give it away.
Could you tell us some artistes you have featured in your songs?
I have featured some really great artistes. Kiss and Tell feat. Beenie Man, Emotions feat. Lil Scrappy, and Sweetie feat. Joey B to name a few.
What kind of music do you play?
I listen to a variety of music, traditional African music, reggae, soca, hip hop, and other genres. I have been interested in a variety of music since childhood.
How are you inspired to write your songs?
There are many things that inspire me. I get in a creative mode, I draw from different life experiences and sing about situations people go through in their daily life.
How acceptable are your kind of songs in America and the western world generally?
Afrobeat is very popular and loved in America and the western world. I think it is great not just for my music but other afrobeats artistes too.
Who is or are your role models in the music industry?
There are so many great musicians. There are a few I really admire like Nat King Cole, Bob Marley, and Fela Kuti. They were my role models from childhood, they are classic musicians.
Aside music, what else do you do?
I am the Content Manager for major platforms and am involved in the production and distribution of African inspired content and Nollywood.
Which Nigerian musician would you love to do a collabo with?
There are many great Nigerian musicians. I am in discussion with a few, I want to surprise you.
You can find my music on all online music stores. You can follow me at @Akejufanpage
Label: BSMG Studios