Many may not remember Jazzman Olofin. But he was a big fish in the music industry several years ago. Not only was he churning out one hit song after another,
Born in Agege, a suburb of Lagos, Jazzman Olofin, whose
How do you feel receiving this recognition award here tonight?
I feel honoured, I feel excited. I thank City People for this honour done to me and my colleagues here tonight. I wish City People prosperity in all their endeavours.
You certainly must’vefelt the love shown to you by everyone here tonight despite the fact thatyou’ve been off the scene for a while now, what sort of memories did that bringto you?
Well, it brings memories of those good old days when the songs were real, when the love for great songs were real. It really brings back lots of memories, especially that of my late producer, OJB Jezreel. I always wonder what would’ve happened if he were here with us. But we thank God for everything.
You mean OJB would’vemade a great impact if he was still alive?
Come on, mehn! What are you talking about? OJB would’ve been turning every song he touched to a hit. Back then, we did not have the sort of equipment and technology available to the younger ones today, yet, OJB was making hit after hit for people. So, you can now imagine what he would’ve done if he was alive with the technological advancement in music production. I really miss him, I swear!
Why did you take a break from music?
I did not take a break from music. We all have other things we do. You know, as an artiste, you grow, you evolve and do other things. I never took a break from music. Music is my life. We’ve been doing stuffs behind the scenes, we’ve been busy in the studio, hopefully, things will start taking shape and you’ll see what we’ve been doing.
Looking at the transformation that has taken place in the music industry today, what are your thoughts about the new generation of artistes? What do you think about the quality of
To be honest with you, I think they’re trying. They have taken what we started to another level. I’m impressed by some of them, the kind of stuffs they produce is amazing. The production quality has stepped up and they have brought lots of glamour to the industry and I really appreciate that.
What should we be expecting from you in the next couple of months?
People should expect some new songs, new singles. Right now, I’m back in the studio working. But I guess we’re going to have to wait and see how it turns out. Everyone should just keep their fingers crossed.
Are you working with any of the new names?
Yes, I am. I have already got in touch with a couple of them and work has begun. Just keep your fingers crossed,
Which one of the new artistes do you have some respect for?
There are quite a lot of them that I have respect for right now and I love what they bring to the table. I love what Wizkid, Davido, Falz, Simi and some others whom I can’t remember now are doing. They are all doing a fantastic job, trust me.
Before I let you go,professionally, how many years have you put in the industry now?
My brother, he don tey o. It should be close to twenty years now. I guess I will put it at two decades.
Which song would you say gave you your big break?
It’s Raise Da Roof with Adewale Ayuba. That’s the one that took everything to another level.