Tosin Martins is one of the contemporary Nigerian musicians who are making sense. His hits tracks, Olo Mi was a run way success and went a in the upgrading of gospel music to its current status in the country.
Tosin afterwards joined one of the leading lights of the industry, the Obi Asika-led Storm records. He is the only gospel music artist among a group of other talented artists like Naeto C, Sasha and General Pype. Together, they have come out with his latest project, a double-DC album entitled Higher: The Expression and Higher: The Confession. In this chat with YEMISI AYODEJI, he talked all that and more.
How long did it take you to come up with your new album?
I will say about three years.
What were some of the challenges you faced during the process?
I was trying to come up with something that in my mind, I believe will make a difference.
What do you think will make a difference?
That is the challenge I was talking about. The second challenge was trying to take people away from keeping me in the mode, so they can see the other side, other things I could do, other styles channels of music and expressions.
How many tracks do you have on the album?
You mean how many tracks do I have on the two albums? The album is entitled, Higher. The first one is Higher: The Expression and the other one is Higher: The Confession. The first one has ten songs and other has nine songs and two skits.
What are your expected hits on the two albums?
It is difficult for me to d that. I think the fans would be the one to decide.
Are you diverting from gospel or are you sticking to the status quo?
Just like I said, I am adding to it. Other sides of music are involved. They were there on the first album, only that it didn’t receive much publicity. There’s Tosin Martins who can do hip hop, RnB, highlife, fuji, apala and what have you.
What’s your take on gospel music in Nigeria today?
I really don’t know what to say when people ask me about gospel music. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s gospel music in Nigeria. We’re just emotional and sentimental about it. Gospel music anywhere in the world is a big industry. You don’t have labels that do just that. You don’t have marketers that focus on it. People we have are people who say they are. We don’t see it. I means, if talk about Marantha, everybody knows it. Mention one in Nigeria. So, you see they don’t exit.
We just see situations whereby we are employing individuals to push it. There is absolutely no support at all. There are no structures on ground we are praying and hoping for a gospel industry, but at this time, we have none.
Why did you choose the name, Higher for your album? What was the inspiration?
We had so many titled in our head to use, but we needed a name that people could easily remember. But really, the message in Higher will take one to another level. That is why we used the name for the two albums but gave them different playoffs.
– CHILEE AGUNANNA
- This story was first published in ENCOMIUM Weekly on Tuesday, May 25, 2010