America based Folashade John Akinboboye is more popular with the Stage name , Fola & De Black Africans Band. In this brief encounter with Thepage, he opened up on his recent musical conquests . Read on:
Q. What was growing up like
A:Growing up in Nigeria was an amazing experience for me .I grew up in Lagos, Okokomiko area. I lived in Ondo state for sometime too. Tales by moonlight stories was one of my most memorable experiences when I was growing up in Nigeria. It was very educational and also teaches us about moral values.
This is why most of my songs talk about the richness of African culture and my heritage. Preaching peace and love through my songs and fashion label known as Dare 2 love fashion line.
Q. How long have you been in the States?
A: I have lived in the USA for 5years. I often visit Nigeria too because its a place very close to my heart.
Q. How is your music business going
A: Music has been great. I am recording my new album titled Dare 2 love. I will be releasing an Ep of 3 songs from the album. Under the record platform of West Land Music/ GRA Records.
Q. What is the difference between music business in Naija and US?
A: The two are similar but different in their own unique ways. Nigeria music industry still need better structures, better copyright laws, license etc. However the potential of Nigeria music industry is endless and is growing really fast.
USA music industry have all the right structures to make sure artist are paid for their creative work and the investors in the industry are also able to invest without fear of piracy and other issues. This are the major differences.
Q. How many tracks are there is in your new album?
A The Album is a 10 songs album. As at now I will only be releasing a 3 songs EP for the fans to enjoy ahead.
Q. How do you come across the Record label?
A: The label showed interest in my music online and we started negotiating a deal from there until we signed a deal.
Q. How many albums do you have till date
A: Before now , I had one EP titled “my fans” it has 6 songs. I also have one single titled Marry U. By July 30 I will be releasing a new EP with 3 songs and the title is Mother Land. With songs like Afrika , What and My Shine