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Interview with Afrobeats Artiste Radical 77


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Radical 77 is a conscious Afrobeats artiste who has a unique style of Afro-rap. He  has been on the scene for a few years and even though he is not as popular as a lot of other afrobeats artistes, his message of unity, fair society and cooperation are quite clearly stamped on his style of music. This is quite unique within a genre fast loosing what it orginally stood for, as dictated by the icon of Afrobeats, the great Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Afrocentricity unleashd caught up with Radical 77 to get up, close and personal. Enjoy 🙂

AU: Can i start by saying thanks for honoring our invitation to this interview session at Afrocentricity Unleashed.

Radical 77:Thanks for hosting me.

AU: For the benefit of our readers, who is Radical 77 and how did you get that name?

Radical 77 : Okay, I’m Radical77 not a typical one aka Olaonipekun Olabode Osoba,and the Radical came from my mum due to my way of seeing things differently and standing my ground, from my childhood.
AU: Tell us what growing up was like?

Radical 77: Growing up wasn’t that easy in Lagos and the UK as my family experienced some unsettled life,but life is really beautiful and it entails a lot of ups and downs which really shaped me into who i am today; my lyrics potrays that.
AU: When did you start your musical career?

Radical 77: That’s a bit hard to explain. I started out  as a poet  performing before fellow school mates. I later performed at different events both in Nigeria and here in the UK.About 4yrs ago,
a professor at my unversity encouraged me to try rap, as my style suits can be likened to more consious-styled rap.

AU: So how has the journey been so far?

Radical 77: I really thank God since my journey has been awesome, and i consider myself blessed.i can’t deny the effect of God and my Fans on my career since I started making it in the industry approximately 2 years ago.

AU: Your style of Afrobeats is very unique since it includes a blend of the Yoruba language. How would you describe your style to our readers?

Radical 77: My style is Afro Hiphop and straight hip hop. I sing for the people; it’s mostly about the lyrics ,the catchy hooks and the message i intend to deliver

AU Your shows have been known to be well attended, and it also cuts across a lot of social barriers.What is the secret behind this?

Radical 77:It’s always By God’s Grace  and i always get to know the fans i’m performing for before going on  stage; that then determines the tracks i perform. For instance, before my western fans i would perform more of my western Oriented work and would do more of my afro beat before my afro fans.

AU:You performed at the last “crack ya ribs” comedy show in Glasgow which was a huge success with the social media going riot. How was that for you?

Radical 77: That was a great achievement i have to admit. The crowd was huge and i made my fans go wild.

AU:Do you have any albums or demos in the offing at the moment which our readers can check out or buy?

Radical 77: Yes I’ve released 5 Singles which can be accessed via,www.hulkshare.com/Radical77, www.soundcloud.com/Radical77 and www.reverbnation.com/Radical77.

AU: And do you have Social media links i.e Facebook, twitter and the like?

Radicall 77: My Artiste page www.facebook.com/Lyricalradical77 and follow me on Twitter @radica77 andTwitter @Bygracerecords

AU: Radica 77 it has been a pleasure to have you on our couch.We do wish you very best in your music career.

Radicall 77:Really appreciate!Iit’s been really good fun lounging and chatting with you. Thanks a lot.

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Afrocentricity unleashed is an online Magazine-blog which shares information on afro-entertainment news and analysis. We talk about "mainly" african,afrocarribean and african diaspora related entertainment information,philosophy and exposure. Read my blogs to get the latest news and my own personal,unbiased analysis of entertainment,fashion,acting and artistes. This is a collaborative open magazine page so please bear your opinions and respect alternative points of view. Thanks. Afrocentricity Unleashed Team

Posted on November 17, 2012, in Interviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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