Asake, a budding Afrobeats singer born Ahmed Ololade, has revealed that he used to be a dancer before poverty forced him to consider a career in music.
Asake, a budding Afrobeats singer born Ahmed Oloade, has revealed that he used to be a dancer before poverty forced him to consider a career in music.
The ‘Peace Be Unto You’ singer revealed this during a recent interview with ABC News, explaining that he couldn’t make enough money dancing.
Asake also stated that his father exposed him to classical music at a young age, which sparked his interest in singing and allowed him to hone his talent.
The 24-year-old musician stated that he never wanted to be a singer because his passion was dancing, but he had to combine the two in order to start making money.
He said; “My parents used to play me a lot of classical Songs. They love listening to songs. The kind of father I have is the one that will wake up in the morning and have one cigarette then loud music.
“At the end of the day, I feel like I can actually sing. Then I added music to it. Maybe because I know how to dance then I know how to bounce on music. I actually don’t want to be a musician in the first place. I just wanted to dance. It feels like water. I love everything that comes with dancing.
“But at the end of the day, after dancing I fell in love with having money too. Then I started thinking about it, is dance going to give me the kind of money I want?”
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