Aramide from Nigeria
My name is Aramide and I am a Nigerian artiste, songwriter and I play the guitar as well. I graduated from the University of Jos with a BSc. in Political Science. I spent most of my life in Jos, and I think thatís where my singing began.
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First published: September 14, 2014
Aramide with Ekuro
Aramide is a Nigerian Afro-Soul/Jazz artiste. She discovered the talents of singing and writing as a teenager and decided to nurture them.
After secondary school, she learnt to play the saxophone and guitar, two instruments she is quite passionate about.
Aramide sings about love, betrayal, friendship, trust, and the attendant joys and aches of womanhood. Her musical influences include Erykah Badu, Miriam Makeba, Sade, Angelique Kidjo and other greats.
Her approach to song-writing and her soft but deep and powerful voice are some of the things that stand her out.
Aramide was nominated by Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) in the category for Most Promising Female Act to Watch 2013. Also nominated by Chase Awards in the category for Artiste of the Year (Female) and Best Female R&B/Pop Artist 2013, and Best Female POP/R&B Artiste of the Year 2013 by BluePrint Awards 2013.
Colin: Performing and Recording Artist, Songwriter and Guitarist Aramide! Known for her acoustic renditions of eLDee’s Today Today and Davido’s Ekuro. Briefly, introduce yourself to our readers…
Aramide: My name is Aramide and I am a Nigerian artiste, songwriter and I play the guitar as well. I graduated from the University of Jos with a BSc. in Political Science. I spent most of my life in Jos, and I think that’s where my singing began. I am very passionate about what I do and hope to do it for a very long time. I am quiet and shy at times and I love people. I decided to do music because it was the only thing that kept me sane whenever I was going through rough patches or challenges. It keeps me in check with my feelings and emotions.
Aramide with Feeling This Feeling
Feeling This Feeling is the latest to come out of Moore Music Entertainment. Are we to conclude your deep portrayal of “this feeling” is based on a past/recent experience?
The song Feeling This Feeling was inspired by a poem I heard a while ago. The poem talked about guys and girls being friends. The guy sees the girl as his hommie but she doesn't think on him in that line. And being that to him meant he gets to keep her around all the time. So the song talks about people in that situation (Friend Zoned, but feelings exist inside). It's like hey! I'm feeling you I don’t care what you think. It wasn’t really a personal experience but something I picked along the way.
Do you find your genre competitive in the fierce Nigerian industry? Especially if we talk it down to your would be expected return on investment. Is it worth the go?
Well I would say. This genre comes with its challenges and grace. So does any other genre or line of work, business or career. Nigerians love good music so does the world, and if the right creativity is applied it will sit well. I see soul music as music that supplies the mind with that thing that eases tension and that thing that fills you. And yes we are worth investing in. The music gets better with experience and it’s ageless.
True ageless being the keyword! Being an acoustic artist in my view presents one with many an opportunity to perform at not only big concerts but also corporate and government functions, weddings and private dinners to mention a few, again presenting the artist with an opportunity to mix closely with the who’s who of Nigeria. How great a deal of this have you accomplished?
I have been blessed to have performed for some of these people. The dream of most artists is to perform and be appreciated. Some of these gigs give me the opportunity to meet people I never thought I would come close to and many of them have been super supportive. And I hope for more and many more.
What caught your attention about Today Today and Ekuro before you pulled off the down to earth acoustic pieces for both?
Aramide with Today Today
Those songs are so well written and have beautiful melodies. I wanted to surprise people when I did an acoustic version of Today Today. Everyone in my team (then) loved it especially eLDee and he gave me the go ahead to release it and the reviews were amazing. And then, when I first heard Ekuro by Davido, I wished I wrote it, and I was like hey I have to do my own version. That’s how much I loved the song. I love the two songs and am glad I did them, because they gave my career a boost.
Rock Alive 2014 we gather is a joint collaboration between Rock Alive Initiative and various parties to promote the alternative scene in Nigeria. You are involved in this. Tell us more about it…
The Rock Alive initiative is a platform that intends to celebrate alternative artists in Nigeria. Be it rock, soul and jazz or RnB music. Music people are not conscious of. We are bringing the music to them and creating awareness. I’m glad to be a part of it, and hopefully people get to support rock alive initiative.
Aramide with It's Over
Seen with a lot of potential for the future, what should we look out for in terms of releasing singles and albums?
I just signed to a new label called Baseline Music, and it’s a good thing I must say, because I feel so blessed to be given this opportunity. I will be dropping a new song very soon and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I am already recording my album. It will drop hopefully next year, and I’m giving it my all. It’s going to be an interesting one I am sure.
Last word to your fan base…
I’m grateful to everyone that has supported me so far .please keep supporting good music and thank you for all the positive ‘never give up’ messages. God bless you.
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First published: September 14, 2014