Mavin Superstar, Korede Bello recently embarked on a journey of reinventing himself with a fresh new look for 2020 by cutting off his signature curls.
Ever since he got signed to Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records in 2016, the talented singer/songwriter has given the world great hits like ‘God Win,’ ‘Mr Romantic,’ and Do Like That.’ This year, the ‘God Win’ crooner has already released a new song to the excitement of his numerous fans.
His latest single titled “Mi Casa, Su Casa” is already a fan favorite with massive airplay on radio stations across the country.
During a Q&A Session with Afrobeats360, he shared some of his thoughts on how 2020 has turned out for him so far.
Afrobeats360: HOW DID YOUR FANS REACT TO THE CUTTING OF YOUR SIGNATURE HAIR STYLE?
Korede Bello: The feedback has been amazing. A lot of my fans are really loving the new look. They find me more attractive and perceive me as being more mature. Although, two in every 200 comments still ask me about my jerry curls. They miss it because it represents a lot of nostalgic experience and memories for them.
Afrobeats360: PLAYSTATION OR XBOX?
Korede Bello: PlayStation.
Afrobeats360: WHAT IS ONE LESSON FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD THAT HAS STAYED WITH YOU?
Korede Bello: There’re lots of lessons that have stuck with me. An interesting one is that once you start growing people generally stop caring as much. As humans, we’re wired for co-dependence, so when an individual starts growing wings people will give you space to fly. And this applies to everything else in life as well. We care more for things and people that depend on us.
Afrobeats360: WHAT IS THE MOST BORING SKILL YOU HAVE?
Korede Bello: Sleeping.
Afrobeats360: WHAT IS THE ONE FOOD YOU CAN’T RESIST?
Korede Bello: If I say it here someone might try to poison me with it LOL!!!
Afrobeats360: HOW DO YOU GET INTO YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
Korede Bello: Usually, it depends on the drive or trigger to want to create something for a specific purpose. But generally, it’s the creative process that gets inside me instead. I could be on my strings or in the studio, it just comes to me. Or let say we meet halfway.
Afrobeats360: FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND YORUBA, WHAT DOES THE TITLE OF YOUR SONG “SUNMOMI” MEAN?
Korede Bello: Haha! Sunmomi means ‘Come closer to me’ in Yoruba. I find Yoruba to be a very romantic language.
Afrobeats360: IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT THE NIGERIAN MUSIC SCENE WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Korede Bello: Music Business. We have too many talents but not enough business minded talents.
Afrobeats360: WHAT IS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM YOU HAVE OVERCOME IN YOUR MUSIC CAREER?
Korede Bello: hmm! That’s a deep one. I’d say it’s the continual overcoming of the perception I have of myself. The ability to overcome the belief in your own hype. The toughest battles to win are internal. Overcoming myself when I need to open the door for change.
Afrobeats360: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG TO PERFORM ON STAGE?
Korede Bello: A lot to choose from but I’d go with Romantic.
Afrobeats360: HOW DO YOU FEEL THE INTERNET HAS IMPACTED THE MUSIC BUSINESS?
Korede Bello: The impact is evident. The music business is now global thanks to the internet.
It has also opened our indigenous eyes to global standards of music business practice.
Afrobeats360: HOW HAS THE CORONA VIRUS AFFECTED YOU PERSONALLY?
Korede Bello: I can’t go on tour. It has deprived me of the ability to connect with my fans in person.
Afrobeats360: WHATS THE FIRST PLACE YOU PLAN TO VISIT AFTER THE LOCKDOWN?
Korede Bello: Studio or Stage…
Afrobeats360: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE YOUR LATEST SONG “MI CASA”?
Korede Bello: Nothing in particular. I was in a session with Ozedikus and we made it from scratch. The words and melodies just kept revealing themselves to me.
Afrobeats360: WHAT DRIVES YOUR PASSION FOR THE SOCIAL WORK YOU DO A LOT OFF?
Korede Bello: I believe that you are an extension of me and I of you.
So, if we don’t help each other we’re not helping ourselves.