Published on June 28th, 2018 | by Barakah Olaniyan


Adekunle Gold; The New Face Of Nigerian Musical Evolution

Nigerian Music has evolved from the “Legendary” 2face, Psquare And Dbanj to the semi-new generations like Wizkid, Davido, Olamide etc then finally to the New Generations Artistes like Adekunle Gold, Mayorkun, Simi.

I’m here to talk about none other than the King himself, Adekunle Gold.

Adekunle Kosoko, popularly known as Adekunle Gold or King AG, is a Nigerian Highlife Singer, songwriter and graphic designer ( I bet you didn’t see that coming)

Adekunle has constantly referred to his genre as urban highlife. And I mean, it is indeed urban because although he has followed the path of other highlife musicians like Fela Kuti, Osadebe, Victor Olaiya and so on, he has also brought his music into the highlife scene, which has given a new and interesting vibe to it.

Adekunle Gold came into the limelight in 2014 when he made a cover of One Direction’s Story Of My Life titled “Sade”. It was critically acclaimed but it still went on to be nominated in the 2015 wacky awards ( sorry Headies)

He was signed by YBNL in 2015 and later released Orente.

He then later released a 16 track album titled Gold . It was his debut album and it peaked at #7 on the Billboard World Album Chart upon its release.

The “Gold” Album however was criticized by music critics.

“WHY IS HE SINGING IN YORUBA?, “ was the most asked question.There have been controversies as to why AG liked to sing in Yoruba. Well they have been proven wrong in the ABOUT 30 album.

With features like DYO, Flavour, Jacob Banks, LCGC and Seun Kuti, the album showed that AG could sing In English.

Damn Delilah, Surrender were mostly in English and that shut the critics up.

He had assistance from another beautiful musician Simi, with writing the songs and we can even make out her voice in some of the songs so big ups to Simi 🏽

Adekunle has long exhausted his contract with YBNL and has revealed his own band – the 79th Element in reference for the atomic weight of Gold on the periodic table.

If you’ve been sleeping on AG, I suggest you wake up now. Adekunle Gold has managed to turn our attention away from the prominent and meaningless tracks that people have released to something that makes us reflect and at the same time dance.

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Barakah Olaniyan, A writer and A Vlogger. I’m Life of The Party and I love Music. I’m addicted to animations and I think I should marry the makers of South Park.

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