In a recent interview with “Sis Project Studios,” Alexander Abolore Adegbola Akande, the veteran musician renowned as 9ice, credited the late Afrobeat icon Fela Anikulapo Kuti with establishing a pathway for Nigerian musicians to ascend in their careers.
9ice, 43, asserted that Fela, recognized as the pioneer of Afrobeat, effectively laid the foundation for musicians to build upon.
He explained that during a period when various musicians were experimenting with different genres, Fela’s commitment to Afrobeat granted them a platform to showcase their talents. This genre’s global recognition allowed other musicians to find their footing more easily.
While artists of the time were exploring genres like Afropop and afrobeats, Fela’s steadfast dedication to Afrobeat provided a unifying musical identity that resonated internationally.
9ice expressed deep respect for the influence and guidance of key musical figures like Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and Ebenezer Obey, referring to them as the “grandfathers” of Nigerian music.
He acknowledged that their contributions and legacies have served as a source of inspiration for him and countless others in the industry. In essence, these foundational artists created a framework that subsequent generations could follow and build upon.
In his remarks, 9ice highlighted how Afrobeat played a crucial role in shaping his own musical journey and growth, signifying the broader impact of Fela’s pioneering efforts.