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“You have to work 10 times harder than others” Aramide on AfroSoul, Female Artistes & Balancing Marriage with Music




Aramide and Yemi AladeThe multi-talented Aramide  – singer, songwriter and instrumentalist spoke to NotJustOkTV about her life as a musician. She won her first award at The Headies and recently had a collaboration – Love Me with Adekunle Gold.

Here are some tidbits from the interview – you can also watch it below!

Her Definition of ‘Afrosoul’
It’s the fusion of African music, language, sound with soul music.

Challenges of Being an Afrosoul Artiste
She says the fact it’s not a popular genre of music. “You have to work 10 times harder than others. It’s not like the fast music we listen to. We have to prove to people every time. We didn’t really used to get airplay. But now a lot of people have started standing their grounds and a lot of people are now giving it a chance.”

The Instruments She Can Play

Saxophone – because she’s a huge fan of John Coltrane and jazz. The guitar was the second instrument she learned.

The Music Process
She does her finger exercises in the morning, and the melody dictates the song. Sometimes songs take days, weeks, or even months.

How Baseline Music Record Deal Happened
She ran into an old friend at the cinema – she said she should send her music over, she did and the rest is history.

Aramide the Artiste and Aramide the Wife
She’s been married for a year and three weeks now. She says she has a very understanding and supportive partner. He understands when she has to stay out late. Balancing both keeps her on her toes.

She also talks about female artistes in Nigeria, her upcoming album and more.



  1. vero

    May 14, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Going places,very interesting…..

  2. Chinedu

    May 14, 2016 at 5:38 am

    I am so tired of the marriage talk on Bellanaija. Everyday it is marriage this and marriage that. There is more to life than marriage.

  3. Akin

    May 14, 2016 at 8:20 am

    You can read about another Igbo young man that will be killed in Indonesia or Malaysia from that overhyped blog,if positive bloggers like BN are making you tired.

  4. chu-chu

    May 14, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Yemi looks unusually white.

    • ISaidSo

      May 14, 2016 at 3:10 pm


  5. chiomzy

    May 14, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    nice one

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