Sunday, March 26, 2023

Adekunle Gold: Critics Mocked Me When I Changed My Sound In 2019

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Ace musician, Adekunle Gold has expressed the criticism he faced when he switched his brand of music in 2019.

The hitmaker started out in music with the 2015 single ‘Sade’, a highlife cover of One Direction’s ‘Story of My Life’.

Adekunle Gold subsequently signed a record deal with YBNL and released his eponymous debut studio album.

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However, between 2019 and 2020, the singer began releasing Afropop-tinged records in what became a pivot.

He released his 2020 album overtly titled ‘Afropop‘ after which he admitted that the changes had been gradual.

In a newsletter to fans on the occasion of his birth anniversary, Adekunle recalled how critics mocked his choice.

“When I first started putting my photoshop images online, some people laughed at me. Others ignored it and some supported me. The same thing happened when I started sharing my music publicly,” the singer wrote.

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“People didn’t really pay any attention to it. Some of the people I really respected made fun of my voice. In 2019 when I started releasing Afropop sounds, I saw a tweet where someone had called me a ‘Yoruba singer’.

“[They] told me to stick to what I knew. In hindsight, I wonder why they thought ‘Yoruba singer’ was an insult. I didn’t allow anyone’s opinion to stop me from expressing my creativity. I was doing it for me.

“My point is, with everything you do, people will have their own opinion about it. Some will criticise you openly and others will keep it to themselves. Some opinions will discourage you and some will empower you.

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