Ghalib Bolaji-Yusuf’s goal is to become the number one artiste in Africa but for now, he’s a law student at Babcock University.
AI Ghalib, as he’s known on stage, founded his own record label after releasing a well-reviewed single ‘Tap Dat’ featuring Dremo and Ichaba.
The Afro-trap and hip-hop artist boasts that David ‘Davido’Adeleke, prominent Afro-pop singer, is a fan of his music.
“It’s getting way more positive reviews than I expected and it’s doing numbers. And to be honest, funny enough, I haven’t actually gotten any bad reviews about the song till date. Even OBO [Davido] told me he loves the song.”
When asked how he manages to balance his music career with his studies, he simply replied, “I already am”, with the confidence of one who he has everything under control.
“My long-term goals would be to clearly influence the music culture in Nigeria and Africa in a positive manner. I see myself touring different continents while being the no.1 artiste in Africa.”
WHO IS AL GHALIB?
Based on his relative success and encouraging baby steps, one would say AI Ghalib has it easy, as many other artistes struggle for long to get noticed in Nigeria’s music industry.
Although it is believed that only influence, affluence, and connections can get you far in the industry, AI Ghalib’s rave reviews and budding fan base say otherwise.
The fans, it appears are the sole determiners of who is talented or not, and time is the decider of how long he would last.
Currently, the only artist signed under ‘Wave Music Group’, AI Ghalib sheds light on its inception.
“Wave Music Group was founded by myself. I just wanted to have more control over my [music], and just do me.
“It’s funded majorly by my parents who are really supportive and have been since day one. My cousin, Musa Ajadi is the chairman of the label and our affairs are being managed by APG.”
According to Musa Ajadi, the reception thus far has been “more than expected”.
“We know how the Nigerian music industry is, but for his first single, the turn up was unexpected.
“The race is actually more than we expected, most people like the concept and all that. Most importantly, since we’re not stopping anytime soon, acceptance is only the beginning.”
With quality music in the pipeline and upcoming collaborations which he chose not to divulge, one can only wait in anticipation for what AL Ghalib has to offer the music industry.
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