“1989 is the number, another summer” screamed Chuck D on Public Enemy’s seismic track “Fight the Power”. I remember the energy of that track, and the excitement and energy of the people in the video. The lyrics yelling for change; the words that were challenging the status quo and the frenetic pace of the beat that left you feeling exhilarated.
Right then, I knew music had the power of change. I mean, Public Enemy was talking about the situation in America but not only did it connect with a skinny British boy thousands of miles away in London, UK; it connected with millions of people of different races and ages all over the world!
Maybe it’s because I’ve always had a sense of fair play and social justice.
Let me tell you a little story. When I was 10, I wanted to be the president of Nigeria. I’m from a Nigerian background and I remember growing up in the 80s, my relatives would always complain about the conditions of Nigeria and how this was mainly as a result of the leaders. When I reflect back now on why I wanted to be president of Nigeria, it was because I wanted to affect change
Reading books like The Alchemist and autobiographies of people like Malcolm X tell you that you can make changes for yourself, your community even the world. Haha – grand ideals, I know 😉 But for me the important part is that you don’t need to wait for anybody else to make those changes for you, you can make changes yourself.
And I guess that’s why I do music – I believe in its power to inspire change.
Which is what my music and workshops are about – to inspire personal, social and spiritual change. Whether it’s making uplifiting songs or delivering self-empowerment workshops. I’m always bringing through messages of love, empowerment and inspiration.
Take for instance, my recent work with the British Red Cross Destitute Centre where I’ve been delivering performances and creative writing workshops with asylum seekers. I got them to write poetry and pieces based on an excerpt from one of my songs:
Ain’t nobody gonna clip my wings
To hold me down
I rise on high
Cuz I was born to fly
From that, the participants created pieces of work that had beauty, melancholy and inspiration.
Speaking of inspiration, my latest track, Slumdog Millionaire (what did you think by the way?) was inspired by the Danny Boyle film of the same name. Now I know the film is an upbeat, feel-good mainstream movie but it really did touch me. So much so, that I was inspired to create a song. Now my song has two messages in it: one is, championing the ‘underdog’ that’s trying to make it but it seems like the system and the world is against them but they never give up. The other message is championing you to “beat your fears and live your dreams”. Because more often than not, it is us that stands in the way of our success.
And that’s why I do music, to create songs that make YOU the listener feel something. To feel touched, to feel good music or maybe even empowered to do something.
So much love for connecting with me and coming along this journey. I’m going to continue to make good music from the soul to connect you the listener.
If you’d like to hear the latest piece of my journey, click below to listen to my recent works, “Griots Brew”.
Thanks for listening and making my dream become a reality
Love is Love