Everything changed after my father’s death – Oge Kimono



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Everything changed after my father’s death – Oge Kimono

Ever since her father’s death, Oge Kimono, daughter of the late rub-a-dub-master, Ras Kimono has been up and about with her new album, ‘Good Ole Days’ currently enjoying rave reviews. She speaks with Sam Anokam about life after her father’s death, her album, her father’s legacy and the future.



 

How has life been after the death of your father?



A lot has been happening. Haven to adjust to my current status as an orphan. Life has been very challenging I must say. If there is one thing, I know is that God can never give you more than what you can bear.  There are days I wake up and cry and I’m like God, why does this have to happen to me? Why does my father have to go and all of that? And there are days that I wake up and I’m so strong and like ready to take on the world. In all, I am still grateful to the Highest.

What has changed since your father died?

Everything has changed. Death has a way of giving you a new task and challenges. My father left behind a 13-man band and this is now my responsibility. I am grateful for the opportunity to be the one to champion this course, to carry the legacy to the next level and at the same time it is challenging that I am a woman. There are a lot of things that would need a man’s touch and it is not there. I will just do my best and leave the rest.

What was the first thing that came to your mind when Efe, your father’s wife suddenly died shortly after the burial of your father?

That was the heaviest blow. I had thought that by the time maybe about three to six months, we would be able to be putting things in place and to carry on with my father’s legacy but her sudden death was a big blow to me because I thought we could work out some things together and find a way to sustain his legacy but her death came as the biggest shock.

What is happening to your music life after all of this?

Right now, I am channeling all my energy and focusing on my music. Before my father passed on, I was working on my debut album, that hasn’t changed. Circumstances obviously have delayed the release of the album but the album is definitely coming out in a matter of weeks. I dropped already two singles from the coming album, ‘Good Ole Days, ‘24 hours.’ Both of them are making rounds but ‘Good Ole Days’ seems to be making more rounds. Reasons being that I have just shot a video for ‘Good Ole Days.’ There is visual to it and people are more in-tuned with visuals as opposed to audios.

Has anything changed in your songs, still the same conscious songs?

It is the same conscious music. I cannot deviate from that. I don’t know anything less or better. That is the lineage I come from. That is how I have been raised.  People will not play Fela’s music or my father’s music if there are no messages in them. Those kinds of music are evergreen music and that is why I intend to keep doing.

What new stuff do you have in these new songs that would make people accept conscious songs?

Basically, it is just me speaking the truth. There is nothing extra or out of the ordinary. What makes it unique is the melody, the delivery and of course the message. When people can listen to your music and relate with it, I have delivered my message. That to me is what it is.  Relatable messages and that is what I am bringing. I am not trying to give you more party tracks without no message. I am particular about the message I dish out.

Any plans to immortalise the legacies of your father?

Definitely that would be in the future but right now, I am focusing on my songs. It is not going to be a one- or two-years stuff, it is a lifetime thing. All of that would be put in place as time goes on. We are going to kick off with his remembrance like the way we do the Marley day, ‘Kimono Day’ is something that is worth celebrating. He has fans all across the world not just Nigeria. We can have a ‘Kimono day’ in Lagos, a ‘Kimono Day’ in Las Vegas, Germany etc. That is something I hope would come to stay as we keep at it.

 

Everything changed after my father’s death – Oge Kimono

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