TEMITOPE Odusanya Alawode, popularly known as Tope Odu is one talented gospel artistes to watch out for. The pretty woman started singing in the choir before setting up her own band. She just released a promo copy entitled, All Round, which is receiving air play in major radio stations now.
Her experience working with Sound Sultan and Yinka Davies as backup artiste has greatly reflected in her works.
ENCOMIUM Weekly had an interview with her about her sojourn in the music world.
When and how did the journey begin as a gospel singer?
I started singing at an early age. I started out in the choir, later I became the lead vocalist. I had my first album way back entitled, Make it work. I have also released another song entitled, All Round. I featured Bouqui, it is a promo CD.
Looking at your head band, is it part of your signature style?
At this time, I will say yes. What I believe is that ideas will come. There will be innovations maybe in the nearest future, there might be some changes.
You have worked with the likes of Sound Sultan, Yinka Davies, how has these people inspired your music?
Knowing Sound Sultan way back in school then when I was one of his backup singers has helped a lot. I have learnt perseverance from him. He made his impart musically over the years. I have learnt that no matter what, I should stay focused and persevere.
Who are the musicians that inspired you?
I listen to a lot of gospel music. It might not even be the message, it could be the musicals that will give me an idea. Whatever music I listen to, I still get things from it.
Looking at the Nigerian music industry, there is a bond between the female artistes, are you looking at working with anyone of them one day?
Definitely, I look forward to that. Most of them are good singers. I already feel like doing a duet or collaboration with them. Yes, I foresee that.
How do you hope to make an impact and stay above board in this congested industry?
Yes, the industry is already congested but I believe that the sky where birds fly without colliding is the same in the industry. I have my uniqueness, they have theirs. I also have something new I want to give the world. There are people who are sincerely interested in your career, and are willing to help. At the same time, there are some who are not willing to assist at all. I believe I have the talent, I can sing, I don’t think I have to do anything ungodly to make people like me and my music. I have met people who just liked me because of who I am. I don’t think there will be any problem.
Some people believe that in this industry, talent is just not enough?
As for me, by the grace of God, coupled with my talent, hard work, God has been seeing me through.
When are we likely to see your official debut album?
By God’s grace next year, my fans will get it.
What genre of music do you play?
I play Afro Classic music. My genre of music lay weight on African sound. We infuse African melody drums, percussions and conga into the modern Afro hip or hiplife tone without limitation.
– SHADE WESLEY-METIBOGUN