Nigerian soul and folk singer, and song-writer, Shola Allyson-Obaniyi, popularly known as Shola Allyson, has revealed the rationale behind her first collaboration with Adekunle Gold.
According to the female singer, the new song, which is an adaptation of Alujanjankijan, is aimed at creating awareness in the need to have more time for the children.
Allyson disclosed that the folk songs is to help create awareness about creating more time for the children, not exclusively leaving them at the mercy of caregivers, nannies, and house-helps.
“The song is also to help us not to give up on them even when they seem ‘bad.’ The song also infers on the need for parents to be strong and positive, not giving up on children who seemingly are not doing well because parenting is not an easy task, encouraging them that however difficult it seems, it is rewarding.”
On why she decided to do the collaboration with Adekunle Gold, she said, “I chose to work with Adekunle Gold because his mode of delivery is similar to mine in terms of scale, melodic structure and presentation. His music combines elements of all the genres of our indigenous music, e.g. Fuji, Juju, Apala, etc, and delivers in a way that has a crossover effect on all classes of hearing, e.g. R&B, Soul, Hip-hop. Also, his lyrics are not vulgar and are safe for all audience. These are some similarities with my own music.”
She revealed: “This is my first collaboration. And I am not doing it based on the fact that Adekunle is making waves now; I have got many offers from various artistes, both known and unknown, but I am not a person who is moved by just the popularity and commercial gain of music but the substance it has to offer to the society.”