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How I Plan To Break Into Music Business

Lagos – Koker is one of the artistes from Choc Boys Nation from the Chocolate City Music label. The young lad is set to make a mark in the music industry with his versatility, after dropping ‘Do Something’ which gained wide acceptance and which video was aired on many TV stations. The graduate of University of Lagos speaks to SAMUEL ABULUDE on his plans to takeover the music industry.

Can you tell me about yourself?

My name is Olayiwola Kokuma and I’m an artiste signed under Chocolate City. I studied Creative Arts at the University of Lagos.

How did the name ‘Koker’ come about?

Koker is my stage name but my real name is Olayiwola Kokumo. Back then in secondary school my friends came up with nicknames using my surname. They called me different things like Koks, Koker etc. but Koker kind of stuck.

Did you envisage the success ‘Do something’ is having now?

The acceptance has been encouraging and we hope and believe that it can get bigger. I wrote ‘Do Something’ myself and the video was recorded in August.

Does ‘Do something’ capture the style of music you are going to be doing or there is more to koker?

There is definitely more to Koker. I have dancehall songs Afro pop song but ‘Do Something’ is more like the direction I am heading with my sound at the moment. The plan is to get even better. We are working hard to break barriers and ceilings with the music. Before ‘Do Something’, I featured in ‘Heartfelt’ with Milli another Choc artiste and ‘Rich’ in MI’s Chairman Album. It was all a learning curve for me. Learning under MI and the various artistes who have established themselves under the label has been awesome for me. I have also featured in Falz’s song titled ‘Get Out of Here’ and in Eleto by Pryse.

How did chocolate city record label happen?

I did the hook for the song ‘Eleto’ with chocolate city artiste ‘Pryse’ and since then I gradually grew to become part of the family. Then at some point, I wanted to start doing my own thing and push my music then I called a graphic guy that works in chocolate city to help me do an artwork. He played my song for almost everybody in the office and they loved it then I started getting phone calls from them showing interest but it was not official yet. I later recorded another song with M.I on his recently released chairman album titled ‘rich’. At that point, things started getting serious so we had a listening, they loved my works and the rest is history like they say.

How has the experience been for you so far in Chocolate City?

It has been a great learning experience for me. In CC, we are really just a big family working together trying to achieve our individual and collective goals. There is a great amount of Love , respect and just general goodness in our unit and it is truly beautiful, humbling and fulfilling.

How has the reception been from the industry, media and fans?

I am very grateful, because “Do something” is not even my first Official single , I’m yet to even drop an official single and the acceptance has been super encouraging. I promise to work harder and not let anyone that believes in me and my music down. My uniqueness is being versatile. I’m at ease doing contemporary afro songs.

Is there anyone or anything that motivates you?

The desire to truly break through with my sound. My parents have been super encouraging too and that motivates me.

Is fashion something you like to keep up with or you not so into it?

I match my fashion with my sound, I am more into traditional outfits, and we are even working on developing a Dashiki line. My music and my fashion aptly propagate my culture that is the agenda.

Tell me about your family and growing up for you.

I am from a family of four, the first son. Growing up in Lagos was fun. I was heavily influenced by the music our Parents listened to then, The Ebenezer Obeys, Shina Peters, King Sunny Ade. That played a major role in the emergence of my sound as you can hear in “Do Something

Have you ever worked anywhere?

I used to work in the House of Lord, RCCG to be precise. Apart from That, I have been fully committed to my music since I left school. I’ve been honing my skills from my school days, the Department of Creative Arts.

Did you record any song while in school?

Yeah. While I was in the creative arts department, I and my friends did a song called Unilag Boyz. The other guy’s name are Kickstar, Jigsaw. The song became popular in Unilag then and it came after the plan to change the name of the school to Maulag which we didn’t accept. I graduated from Unilag in 2013. We refer to us as from class of 13. Studying Creative Arts have really impacted on my career, my colleagues are also venturing into the entertainment industry.

What should we be expecting from you in the near future?

I don’t think I am even where I want to be yet but I am humbled by the acceptance so far but I do realize that there is still a lot of work to be done and I am mentally prepared for it. I am already working on my next single, which will be my first official single. I already have recorded more than 30 songs. I intend to study trends before coming out with a hit banger. I want my fans to be patient and I appreciate their support.

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