Ok, Gaise’s video had me laughing from the 1st minute. This is more because of his witty style of delivery with a topic of such weight as the band wagon attitude that our young folk are so easy to adopt.
So, the Who is… feature will be taking a totally different approach, albeit, experimental. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
A Brief Introduction
I am Akinade Ibuoye. Gaise is an acronym of my initials; Gboluwaga Akinade Ibuoye Samuel. When I was in KC, I used to write my names out in full; it came out as IGAS. A friend of mine helped rearrange it as GAIS. It was when I was going into fulltime music I added the ‘E’ to it. I attended First Foundation Nursery and Primary school, Ile-Ife, King’s College Lagos, and studied Economics at Obafemi Awolowo University.
When did you become aware that you could sing, that you could make a career out of music?
That was in 2004 when I really started writing songs and performing at small gatherings, but it was in 2010 after completing my National Youth Service that I chose music as a fulltime career.
Why music? Why not another career choice? How was that choice accepted by family?
A 2’1 in Economics from OAU would have been a good enough starting point in the corporate world, but nothing can give me joy and fulfilment like music. I made this clear to my family and now have their support.
What is the inspiration behind Follow Follow? Follow Follow is basically a song on influence, and the fact that there are things we do as a result of seeing others do them. So I just talked about it from different angles.
Where do you see Gaise in five years? An established artiste with a few albums to his name that the whole country is proud of, and whose influence has transcended the music.
What are the challenges of being in this industry? Promotion; getting your songs out for the people to hear. We face them a day at a time, a person at a time, a TV/radio station at a time, an event/show at a time; that’s how we’ve been growing.
His debut album, GAISEBABA, will be available in all major CD outlets as well as online on iTunes from August 26th.