Korede Bello opens up about his music career, and how he met the popular producer and Mavin Boss, Don Jazzy.
The African prince, as he is fondly called by his fans, also talks about why his parents supported his musical career.
I must confess, it was God’s will. If I tell you that I expected this in 10-years time, I will be lying. But one thing I know is that people should never relent on doing what they know how to do best. A friend of Don Jazzy actually brought us together after Don Jazzy listened to a song of mine titled, “Forever”. He loved it and he asked us to go to the studio to record some songs. That was it.
Well, I can say my parents are one of the best in the world because they were very encouraging. I won’t say I got their support on a platter of gold because I had to keep up with my studies. I was able to convince them that music will not take away my attitude towards education.
However, they always love to see me happy especially when it is something I have a passion for. They have always supported me because right from my primary school I have always had this thing for music, rhythm and art. They dressed me up and bought me stuffs so that I can participate in social activities in school and they were there to give me support when I needed it.
It feels awesome because, it exposes me to a lot more than I can imagine. Aside from learning on the music aspect, I have also gained the love and affection one can pray for in a business environment. Working with the likes of Tiwa Savage, Dr.Sid, Reekado Banks, Di’Ja, Da Prince e.t.c is really a pleasure. They are all very humble and easy to get along with. The family is a very strong unit and it’s a big learning field for me. I feel great working with each and every one of them because they all have their impacts in Korede’s brand.
To be honest I never thought it would be this challenging because one of the reasons why my parents supported my music career is because I am good academically. My education and music are things I have passion for and I can’t take one over the other because I love education, I love educated people and I also have passion for music, music drives me.
The truth is you can never serve two masters at the same time, I can’t get the best of both but I have been grateful to God for my understanding and I have been working twice as hard as an Artiste and as a student as well so I make sure I don’t lag behind in any area of it. When I have to be in school I make sure I am in school.
Most times we do night recording and in the morning I find my way to school and rest later in the day. It makes me feel I’m doing something worthwhile that’s going to pay off in the future, I will always have something to fall back on later in life.
I love to play games, watch movies and sleep off,( LOL)
My smile, hair, eye lashes and I have sexy lips are my selling points.
The Mavin star is a fun loving person, youthful, socially responsible (laughs) and very funny. I am that person that any parent wouldn’t mind taking their daughters out. I am very confident in myself I love to dress well and smell good. He says.
To be candid, it is not easy but I try to manage it. I don’t see myself as different from every other person, I try as much as possible to remain humble. When people see me they say is that not Korede Bello? They expect me to be flamboyant and extravagant in my dealings but I like to be simple, I like to be a mega super star, I like the feeling of it and I also like fame but I want to be humble about it as well. It makes me feel like I have something that other people are wishing to have and the only thing I can do is not to be pompous about it or in any way intimidate them.
I will love to work with the likes of TuFace Idibia and Asa. Apart from this people, I won’t mind working with any Nigerian artiste so far we can give the audience what they want.
But growing up for me was really a pleasurable one. I had the opportunity to learn from people around in any giving opportunity. It was a blend of generation for me. I was exposed to foreign music and local music like Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Michael Jackson.
Everything was diffused into me and it made me who I am today. The kind of exposure I have in music, I owe it to my days of growing up. I attended Doctor Soyemi nur/pry school, Tai Solarin, and child’s foundation respectively. I also attended Obey College in Mazamaza and Cabil College in Festac. I graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba, and presently an associate fellow at Institute of Information management.