Tell us a bit about how you have been coping with your kind of music, Apala. What has been happening to you? Have you been releasing music albums? What is new with Musiliu Haruna Ishola?
It’s been good. We give God the glory. He has blessed us. We’ve been performing at shows, like now we are at Ooni’s palace to perform on Aje Day. The Ooni invited us to perform. I have been here for the past 2 days.
And I have been releasing music albums, not in CDs like before, but online on Youtube.
Yes, I have been releasing albums but I no longer sell it out as CDs, like we used to do before years back when we used to release CDs and records. We now sell it online.
If we continue to do it the way we used to do it selling it out as CDs, we won’t get our money back. We just sell, but no money was coming in, so we changed our strategy to beat Pirates.
Like we all know, the Pirates have killed the music industry. But with online, we are getting something back in return. That is why we no longer release records in CDs to the public. But you can now download my music online.
If you look back now how many albums have you released?
It is up to 25 that I have done.
Since you did Soyoyo, which was a big success, how many have you done since then.
I have done Ori, Authentic, I have done so many that I don’t remember the titles.
You perform almost everyday, back to back. How do you cope with your heavy schedule?
To God be the Glory. We human beings don’t know how to arrange things only God can do that perfectly. God helps us to arrange things because we ourselves don’t know how things will turn out. Lets keep thanking God because many of us started this race together. All of us sing the same Apala music, most of them couldn’t cope and had to drop off. We kept at it hoping for the best. We did not know where it will end, before God devided to bless us.
The lesson there is that whatever kind of job any human being wants to do, perseverance is key. You must be able to persevere.