Fast-rising Afro Pop sensation, King Jomo believes that music is his calling and would do everything possible to push his career to the next level. With only six songs to his credit, Jomo whose new video, King Jomo is currently enjoying airplay, speaks with SEGUN ADEBAYO about his relationship with 9ice’s Alapomeji Records and music career.
They call you King Jomo, how did you come about the name?
I extracted the name King Jomo from the famous Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya’s name. He fought endlessly till he made sure his country got freedom from the whites. So I see myself as the same kind of person, I’m from a hood where they believe we don’t really have something good to offer in terms of talents, maybe because of the locality, so I’m changing this, I came out from the rough and I must make it to fight this mentality. I’m fighting for my hood and repping my people. That’s how I got the name.
You were once with 9ice but, you left him all of a sudden, what happened between you two?
Nothing really happened. I’ll say it’s just a change of game. I spent two years under the label Alapomeji Ancestral Records, although the label doesn’t sign contract with artistes. But when he came for me, I had it in mind to spend just two years and then continue with my journey. So that’s what happened. We had no fight or grudges. I’m still very much a member of the AAR family, even though I’m no more under them.
Do you think leaving him is the best decision for you?
Yes, because it gave me more opportunity, chance to see the world and meet many people who want invest in my music. Even as a business man, you wouldn’t want to run your business with one person forever, so leaving people and moving on sometimes is a good decision for human. But, while doing that, try not to offend them.
How would you describe your music career under him; how much influence did he have on your game?
On that, I’ll forever be thankful to 9ice, because watching him record in the studio, listening to his songs and the advice he always gave me to put me through really helped me. The training he gave me is the reason I do more of Afro pop nowadays with my rap. So, he had a very big influence on my career. My career under him was good, but I believe it can be better.
You dropped a new video to your single, Omo Ologo, what does this mean to you?
Its means a lot to me. It’s my first video in about two years or so. And I appreciate the fact that people are turning up to it. They love it.
Why did you title the song Omo Ologo?
Omo ologo is the best title for the song, judging from the content; nothing else could be better. It means Glorious Son. And it made it the street anthem, because there’s nobody on the street who doesn’t want to be glorious.
How many songs do you have to your credit?
I have up to six songs to my credit.
You studied Political Science and Social Studies, what are you doing in music?
Music is my calling; it has been there from the onset. But formal education is very important, that’s why I’m still in school and doing my music at the same time.