Sunday, 13 July 2014

INTERVIEW:: Churches Can Do Better To Support Gospel Artistes – Ebube

He is one of the young gospel musicians in demand now.
Psalm Ebube is the artiste behind one of Nigeria’s top
indigenous praise songs Kabio osi and Ebube. He came into
limelight in 2011 after the release of his first single, Ebube also
in 2011. Since then the singer and trained engineer’s musical
career has been on the rise. Psalm got international
recognition after winning the best international Album of the
year 2012 at GMA Gospel Music Awards in Italy and also
Artiste of the year West Africa, Africa Gospel Music Awards
AGMA, UK in the same year. Now Psalm whose real name is
Samuel Akinyemi, spoke to SAMUEL ABULUDE on his new
work and experience over the years

What has Psalm Ebube being up to?
I just came back from Abuja where I had some ministrations at
University of Abuja and a church. I was also a guests at two
radio stations in Abuja and had a great time connecting with
them and my fans. Now I am shooting the video of my song,
Gbo pe Mi and I am featuring some top Yoruba actors and
actresses like Odunlade Adekola, Olumide Bakare, Baba Ijesha,
Ijebu Lara Olubo and Kabirat of Saworoide. It’s a comedy stuff
kind of and they are adding spice to the video.

How exactly did your stage name Psalm Ebube evolve?
Psalm alone was my stage name at the beginning, then my
song Ebube became a hit and so people put the two together
and began referring to me as Psalm Ebube, I adopted the name.
It’s cool and really creative. I love the name and my fans love
it too. I feel blessed. It is weird though because people think
I’m Igbo but they are shocked when they get to know I am
Yoruba. My tribe doesn’t matter, God has broken the ethnic
barriers through the blood of Jesus and it is our responsibility
as artistes in the creative industry to promote unity and peace.
Over the years, I have come to realise that there is more to that
name than people really know. You know God has a way of
changing your story through the names you answer.

How successful was your debut album?
The album opened a new chapter in my life. Since I dropped it,
it has been God’s blessings all the way. Kabio Osi is a
testimony! When I was working on my first album I particularly
asked God for a song which His people can praise Him with
and the answer was Kabio Osi. I had no idea it would open a
new chapter in my life, but it’s a testimony and a privilege to
contribute a song that people would forever use to praise God.
I have received calls from different parts of the world where the
song has gone and people love it. After shooting Kabiosi
video, I decided to step my game up a bit. The success of
Kabiosi propelled me to raise my game and that comes with an
extra cost. It was shot by Akin Alabi and I featured Saka, Lolo
of Wazobia Fm, the Oshadipe twins and Kenny Kore. My last
album released last year 2013 is an urban sombrero album
titled GREATNESS. Gb’ope Mi a track in the album is doing
pretty well. In the last few years, I have learnt one or two
lessons about how to make good music.

As a young man how do you handle female admirers who want
more than being platonic?
Perhaps, if I had gone into music of my own free will, I’d be
worried about derailing or regressing, but God called me to do
this. As long as I stay connected to The Holy Spirit, then I
won’t derail. God is my source, he is my secret so I must
remain faithful. You continue to reign as far as God is
involved. I have a promise in the Bible which I’m holding on to,
which says: Faithful is He that called you, faithful is He that
would do it.’ The Bible also says that the glory of the latter
would be better than the former and that means that the best is
yet to come for Psalm Ebube. Already I’m excited about my
next album. The songs I have recorded so far have been
impressive. My producer MickkyMee has also been of great
help. Talking about women, I think that Africa as a continent
can even get better if we begin to see potentials in our women.
Our women are really important because they play very
important roles right from the home. My female fans are my
sisters and my mothers.

What were you doing before music?
After searching for work for a while, writing jingles for some
advertising campaigns and modelling, I went abroad for more
training in my mechanical engineering field and on return, got a
job with a company and went into gospel music. I travelled to
India for a professional course in maintenance and repairs
precisely at Khoslar Manufacturing & Repairs Pyt and this got
me a good job with a multinational company. I studied
Mechanical Engineering at Osun State College of Technology,

How did your parents receive your career choice?
My career was ordained by God and my parents knew about it.
They have been very supportive in all my pursuits and I am
grateful to God for such a loving father and mother I have. For
Psalm Ebube, when I decided to do music, it was a decision
based on a divine call and that’s stronger than ambition alone.
It hasn’t been smooth all the way though but God has seen me
through so far. I was in a choir as early as when I was seven, I
went through the school systems up to the university and when
I was on campus, I knew I was going to do music
professionally, yet I didn’t abandon education. I graduated as
a Mechanical Engineer and after graduation; I pursued both
education and music. Education is very important and my
parents were glad I didn’t abandon one for the other.

What’s your assessment of the gospel music industry?
The industry is expanding in leaps and bounds and you can see
what musicians are doing today. I am glad to be part of this
generation of musicians doing great songs for the people. We
still have a long way to go though but we will get there if we
don’t give up.

Are you marrying any time soon?
Yes, I am getting married this year by God’s grace. I always
believe in God’s time and his time is sure and safe. So I work
with his plan. I believe his plan for me concerning marriage is
this year and I’m engaged to a beautiful lady already. So if God
says yes, why not? (Smiles).

Do gospel artists get enough support from the church?
Some churches support the vision of music ministers by
promoting their works monetarily and in prayers but some do
nothing in helping them to get a foothold in the music ministry.
What we hear are the encomiums poured on them without
commensurate monetary assistance. Well, to some extent yes.
We get supports from the church, but I think they can do better.

Source: Leadership & naijagospel

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