EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH OLUWASEUN OLADELE OGUNSOLA, OMO ISHOW PEPPER ON HIS NEW ALBUM MOSORIRE (AM FORTUNATE)

You are one of the children of the late Nigerian theatre icon, ISHOLA OGUNSOLA. How much of your father is still in you?

My father was a truly great man, a multi talented performer, people that were with him in the trade during his time knew him. Late Dr Hubert Ogunde called him “ a Complete Theater Practitioner”.  The Yoruba adage that says ‘Bi omo koba jo sokoto, yio jo kijipa’ meaning if a child does not resemble the father, he/she will resemble the mother. For me it is both of them that were gifted. My father was great actor and my mother as well.

  1. When and why did you start music?

Answer: I started music as a profession in the year 2006, that time I was in 300 level in the University (FUNAAB). The reason I started is because I could not bury the gift anymore because it flows through my veins. It’s a genetic inheritance.

  1. Which Instrument do you play?

Answer: As a chorister, I used to play drum set in the church but I am not really that good at it again. It’s me and my voice now.

  1. What was the first tune you learned?

Answer: do re mi fa so la ti do.

  1. Is your family musical?

Answer: Yes, music and acting is runs through our veins in the family.

  1. Describe your family members musical interests and abilities.

Answer: The firstborn of the family Toyin Ishow Pepper A.K.A Okoto Jesu is a gospel artist. We have Goke Ishow pepper Senior as a Juju artist, Sunny pepper (Juju gospel), Jide Ishow Pepper (Juju gospel), myself, Hammer Ishow Pepper (Fuji hip-hop), Dare Pepper rested (hip-hop), Yomi Ishow Pepper (RnB).

  1. Which famous musician do you admire? Why

Answer: They are many but I will mention just one.I admire mama Bola Are due to her strength when ministering on stage, she is very lively.

  1. Which famous musicians do you learn from?

Answer: My father late Dr Ishow Pepper, I listen to the legend Ebenezer obey, Lanre Teriba, Tope Alabi, Nathaniel Bassey etc.

  1. Who was your first teacher? Other teachers

Answer: As a musician, I learned too many from my father. Then in 1998, I moved from Ibadan to Lagos where I met these two brothers, Wale and Deji Odunlami. I learned a lot from them which I don’t know if I can repay them. They gave me more than enough experience.

  1. Describe your first instrument.

Answer: That is my voice, a precious gift from God. He gave it to me purposefully to praising him.

  1. What are your funnest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Answer: Back then, my family house was the liveliest place to be. You come with sorrow you leave overjoyed. It’s drama and dance steps rehearsal almost everyday. Also when am  ministering in the church and I see children of God in one spirit, rejoicing.

  1. Were you influenced by old records or tapes? Which one?

Answer: Yes, I remember I used to listen to Timi Orekoya (Telemi).

  1. Who are your favourite musicians? Groups?

Answer: They are just too many. Baba Obey, Sunny Ade, Bola Are, Telemi etc.

  1. Have you been in competitions? Any prizes

Answer: No.

  1. Do you perform in public?

Answer: Yes, in the midst of the children of God i.e.Church, Open Ground Revival, wedding ceremony and also where ever I can win souls for God with music.

  1. Do you play for dances? Step dancers? Describe the difference?

Answer: Yes, most cases when I am ministering , you will see people coming out from their seats to the front to dance, and then you see another set coming out again mostly youths, you will see them giving step dance, uniform dance. This gives more strength and makes you don’t want to stop singing.

  1. How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Answer: Whenever I am ministering on stage, I always have it at the back of my mind that mistakes can happen at anytime. Either from the back up singers or from the instrumentalists, or even from me. What I do is making the mistake a skill and not allowing it to cause a distraction. I just overlook it like its nothing.

  1. Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Answer: No, I am not the nervous type. May be because I grew up facing the crowd all the time.

  1. What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Answer: Don’t let nervousness take away your ability. Always remember that you are to do your best and never ever care the mistake you might make while performing. Mistakes are bound to happen.Feel free.

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Answer: God leads and I follow. I surrender all to him.

  1. How often and for how long do you practice?

Answer: every morning voice exercise is what I do like vocal warms and from there I move to singing. It sometimes last up to an hour. Then once in a week I rehearse with instrumentalists.

  1. What do you practice- exercise, new tunes, hard tunes etc.

Answer: like I Said, I first of all do vocal warms and of course new song new tunes, complex composition  complex tunes.

  1. How do you balance your music with other obligations- mate, children, job?

Answer: It’s God, God’s wisdom is what’s making me fulfilling my duties.

  1. What does your new music video means to you, who are the target market?

Answer: MOSORIRE, if you get to know the meaning you look at the concept of the video, the vocals too, you will understand that it’s about proclaiming positive things to your life. Which means, it’s for everybody. It’s a song you wake up in the morning and sing, at work you sing it, even when you are going to bed sing it.

  1. What makes you different to other musicians.

Answer: I am me,  Oluwaseun Oladele Ogunsola, omo ishow pepper. That’s the difference.

 

 

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