Every successful person has their story, so does Afro-pop singer, Davido. The HKN act revealed his initial challenges in pursuing his music career, stating that his father was never in support of his music until he made it big.
According to the singer, he went through series of dramatic episodes with his billionaire father Deji Adeleke, because of his choice to do music.
In a new interview with Ebro Darden of Hot 97 in New York, Davido revealed that his father even threatened to arrest anyone who is found aligning with him on the grounds of music, including his now manager, Kamal.
“I was hanging out with D’banj at the time, he had that Kanye deal. I now told my Dad that I was trying to stay, and he was like ‘What? My friend you better go back to school. ‘I called my roommate, and told him ‘Imma do this no more. If my Dad calls, tell him you don’t know where I’m at.
“When I left, my family was looking for me for like six months. They sent a letter to D’banj house, they sent s letter to Psquare house, they sent letters to everybody’s house. My Dad was calling the school, and they were telling him; ‘He wasn’t even here for the past semester, he left..
“It was like the whole Nigeria knew who I was before I even dropped a single. Kamal that is my manager now, used to be Don Jazzy’s assistant. My Dad started calling him and said ‘if I see you guys with my son, all of you are getting arrested.”
“I don’t even call my music Afrobeat, I call mine Afrofusion. To me it’s just too different, he said, speaking on his music genre. “I can’t tell you it’s Afrobeat, because it’s not. ‘You know the originator of the Afrobeat is Fela. Fela has a sound which I can say has heavy baseline, brass instrument, [and] the percussion is different. If you ask me ‘Gobe’ is Calypso, Afro mixed with Calypso.
“But I feel like the Afrobeat is catchy and has caught the wave since time. Because I know some Afrobeat songs that I don’t want to call Afrobeat. I call them Afro-Pop or I call Afro Trap. Everything is just still African music.”
Meanwhile, the HKN singer who signed his cousin B-Red under his label, has also revealed his plans to start-up a charity foundation. Through the Veronica Adeleke Education Scholarship program, Davido intends to sponsor students in his bid to play his part in the society.
For a start, he will pay the fees for four students this year, subsequently, as the programme grows, he will increase his charitable hands. According to him, if everyone does their little part, no matter how small, the world will be a better place.