African music is taking over the world but in a music industry like Nigeria’s where the structure for diamonds in the rough to shine is still under-construction, a certain singer named Jinmi Abduls is willing to beat the odds.
The 18-year-old, second year International Law student at Babcock University, who is surprisingly unsigned, is ready to create history with his music.
YNaija had a brief chat with the singer whose songs Pose, its remix featuring BOJ and his latest, Tinuke Eko are receiving buzz in the youth scene.
Here is what he had to say.
What do you hope to do with your music?
I want to influence a whole generation with my music. I want to be in this country’s history the way Fela is. I want to help people out .
What do you think your listeners will get out of your music?
Great stories and colourful emotions . Spirit lifting sounds and hopefully you fall in love with it.
What do you have going on in the near future?
I can’t say but I want to just make the music and see where it leads me .
What are your challenges in life and in the music industry?
The challenges in the industry are basically the expenses . For an unsigned artist it’s very difficult to make it because of lack of funds and unfortunately you remain unsigned because here they don’t sign based on talent but based on friendships and relations . No one is willing to give you a chance .2
What’s your word of advice for upcoming artistes out there like you?
Work hard and smart. Stay dedicated to your art and don’t quit for any reason at all and most importantly involve God in every single move you make. Have a relationship with Him. He’s the only help you need.
What are your on-going projects?
I just released my 2nd official video to my new single , Tinuke Eko and it’s receiving a lot of great attention . I’m happy about that. I’m also currently on a prom tour.
Watch Jinmi Abdul’s latest effort, Tinuke Eko