Veteran of the Nigerian music industry, Abolore Adigun Akande, popularly known as 9ice, is the cover star for Taylor Live Magazine’s latest issue tagged the G.O.A.T. In a quick chat with the magazine, 9ice speaks about his unique style, career and a whole lot more.
Having hailed from a background that could be described as “underground”, there’s not so much one would expect of a person seeking out a life in the limelight, but Adigun Alapomeji has defied all odds and put critics to shame.
Born Abolore Adigun Akande, 9ice might not have initially sought out a life as a celebrity but it apparently seems like he was made for it, being in the business for this long, there’s no doubt he is about to rest on his oars anytime soon.
Although it took a while from his first single to when he started gaining recognition in the industry, 9ice proudly stuck to his contemporary/Hip-hop and world fusion genre, consistently giving us back to back hits that never got us disappointed.
Quite a number of people regarded this music style as controversial and believed his music style wouldn’t last for long. However, it didn’t distress the “Gongoaso” hitmaker. Rather, it only caused him to modify his style, highlighting his artistic ability.
Deriving his inspiration from his environment and native roots, it seemed only fair to want to give back to his culture; we can all agree that staying in touch with your heritage is very important; especially for those who are into Fuji music.
In reverence to Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Ade and Pasuma (to mention a few), 9ice infuses culture into his songs, and does it in a pretty modern way as well.
Not forgetting his Professional (MOBO Best African Act 2008) and TV awards (MTV Base Best HipHop Act 2008), 9ice stays pretty prominent in the eye of the public. Outside of his music, it’s almost easy to piece together what his greatest achievements might be, from becoming a famous UN Youth Ambassador, bagging an ambassadorship with the Nelson Mandela Charity Organization as well as a Global Public Health Ambassador to SFH and not forgetting the Lagos State Environmental Ambassadorship.
Comparing himself to the likes of musicians like Youssou N’Dour and Yvonne Chaka Chaka whose music have embraced their native languages, we can be rest assured to expect more of the native Yoruba proverbs embedded in our own very Adigun’s music.