Mavin Records artist Korede Bello In an interview with The Nation Newspaper talks about the music industry, his achievements and his infamous wink to mention a few. Read excerpts from his interview below;
On being in the music industry: No, I have never thought of that. And funny enough, I have always wanted to be a footballer or an accountant. I didn’t really see music as a career. Actually, I saw it as a passion and a hobby. I didn’t know I was going to do music professionally until recently, during my secondary school days. I go to the studio doing recording seriously. I started seeing music as my life purpose. I see it as an opportunity to serve humanity.
On his parent’s reaction to music at first: My parents are very supportive. They love what I do. They’ve always wanted me to do what I think I can do best to make exploits. They have been able to do everything parents should or could to push their son forward. First, I will like to say this; I enjoy much love from them and they don’t love me alone, they love what I do. Infact, they love music themselves too. They have been very much in support, talking of finance, spirituality and many more, just for me to pursue the career I chose. I am using this medium to tell them I am much grateful for that and I do love them as well. And I pray God helps them as well.
On being called an upcoming act: When somebody goes to school and is in primary one, will you call the person upcoming student? Or when you just get a job in the bank will you be called an upcoming banker? But for me I will say people are entitled to whatever title they choose to give artistes, but it depends on the artiste; ‘how you see yourself.’ I see myself as a musician, I see myself as a mega super star and that is all that matters. I will advise artistes not to go along with that upcoming title because you might just remain upcoming forever. So you had better see yourself as a musician and a servant to humanity. Is there upcoming pastor? If there is none, why upcoming artiste?
On his signature wink: I don’t know. I just find myself doing it. And there is someone I have in mind whenever I do it. I know pretty much that a particular person I know will be watching it. And that is why I keep doing it. If anyone wants to find out who the person is, I will just say it is you. Whenever you watch me winking in any musical video, I’m winking at you yourself. Trust me.
On his greatest achievement so far: My greatest achievement is to be glorifying God with my song. I recently released a new single called Godwin, and it is being received massively globally and that is my greatest achievement. Whenever people are happily dancing to my song, it really makes me happy. You know, to be able to do a song that the old, and young would be able to listen to and dance to but still be able to glorify God really goes a long way. I am very proud of that and it’s really overwhelming.
On how he rates the Nigerian music industry compared to their foreign counterpart: We are doing well here even if we still have a lot to improve on. The music industry in Nigeria has potential within. We have the best on the street, we have so much talent in the country, and we have so many opportunities yet to be exploited, but trust me, it is not the way it used to be. It is growing fast as we can all see.