I INHERITED MUSIC FROM MY DAD-Wale Thompson
Versatile Lalale Friday crooner, Wale Thompson is no doubt one of the respected juju musicians in Nigeria who many up and coming acts look up to as a role models, due to the way he comports himself when it comes to public functions and probably because of how he dishes out his stuffs. In this interview with Gbolahan Adetayo he talked about his life as juju musician, how he developed his musical career, among other interesting issues. Excerpt…
What has been happening to you these days?
I have been busy, moving from location to another for shows, you should know my usual Friday night, Saturdays to perform at weddings, birthday or coronation, like wise on Sundays; I do have show three times in a week. So that is what I have been engaged with. Right now I am on my way to London for a concert.
Musically, what are you battling with?
I have been in the studio for my new album and I thank God today that the album is ready for release into the market.
What are the new things in your yet to be released album?
Everybody knows me to be a perfectionist, I have blend and influx different kinds of music in my new album, I have eight tracks on it.
What is the title of the album?
It is Mr. No Rival.
As a stakeholder, how do you see Juju music in the highly competitive Nigerian music industry?
Juju music is the father and mother of music, so many books has been written about Juju music home and abroad which I also read and I can testify to. In parties like coronations, birthday and wedding, Juju music is always the first choice of people because they are asured of decency and orderliness making it real and live.
You mentioned that Juju music is father and mother of music; do you mean that hip-hop does not make sense or what?
General public encourage and support hip-hop, but then it will not dominate.
From you own perspective don’t you think that the kind of music being played now will corrupt minds, especially young ones?
Aside music, there are several things that corrupt minds. I won’t accede that because a lot of things are happening in the country, could banking, oil, political and other sectors corrupt minds.
Aside music, which other business are you into?
At this moment I will say no, but very soon I will have my own club.
What is the name of the club and the location?
I will tell the whole world when the time comes.
Have you ever been bothered with unpleasant stories written on Nigerian musicians by the media?
Not at all, you see, I this world, everything is created two, we have man and woman, right and left, up and down, negative and positive, if media should write about you negatively there’s nothing wrong with that, so far it is not something that will tarnish your image. But our people doesn’t like that, you can’t be expecting media to be writing good stories of yours everyday.
Do you also appreciate negative stories on the pages of news paper?
I am not in support of that, when media write about your mistake, they probably wants you to adjust so that next time you wont try that again, and moreover, as an artiste, if the media don’t talk both negatively or positively about you, that means you are not relevant. We have millions of people in this country and all of us can not be in the news, it is only the selected ones that people want to read. So there’s no big deal in scandals, in as much as it is not going to ruin your life.
If you have a choice, what other profession would you have chosen?
I love to be a lawyer.
Why did you drop the interest?
Because my father happens to be a musician, and when I was in school, my principal is always fond of making me a band leader of our musical group in school. So that was how I took it upon myself and I thank God that I didn’t disappoint my principal who knew that the talent is in me.
For some of the people who really look up to you as a role model, what kind of advice do you have for them?
I will advise them to be patient, focused, be determining because music is not a lazy man’s job. It involves hard work.
Your message to your fans?
Thank you all for loving me and my work, I really appreciate. And to you the media, thank you for promoting us, you guys really gave us your support at all times publicizing us, may God be with you and also support you all.