British born Ebisan (Real Name: Bukola Damola) is one of the rising stars on the music scene. This stellar songstress brought us the amazing theme song for last year’s block buster “Tango with Me” “Suru” and the fascinating “Love Story“. Ebisan is an extraordinary singer and tends to surpass herself every single time, teasing us with the different facets of her personality and musical ability. Her single “Jowo” is an upbeat and witty song, showing us she does have a quirky and edgy side.
Let’s give you a sneak peek into some of the things you didn’t know about her.
GV: Give us a brief background of yourself.
My name is Ebisan. I am a singer and songwriter amongst other things. I grew up in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and England and this colourful mix of cultures have influenced my style of music. I studied Accounting and Finance at the University of Kent and also completed a Masters degree in International Business Management. Though music has always been my passion, I knew it was important to complete my studies.
GV: Do you play any instrument?
I play the piano once in a while but not professionally. It is an instrument I intend to master in the near future.
GV: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience?
My music is quite eclectic but always with a soulful twist. There’s always a hint of soul in every song I create.
GV: Thinking back to early childhood, what was your first experience with music for the first time like? What song do you remember most as a child?
Growing up, my siblings and I used to make up songs, plays and dance routines to entertain our extended family and friends. Performing was always fun. So I guess I can say from an extremely young age, music has been a source of joy to me. I remember loving We Are The World, a song by Michael Jackson and friends. I used to watch the music video over and over again!
GV: As a child growing up, music surrounds us; what type of music did you hear the most back then? How does it differ from what you listen to now?
Not much has changed, I grew up listening to all sorts of music from a vast amount of artistes. From Bette Midler, Elton John, Miles Davies and The Temptations to Barbra Streisand, Sade, Madonna and Whitney Houston. My taste hasn’t changed, it has only become more eclectic over the years. As long as it’s good music, I don’t discriminate.
GV: What was the first song that you ever sang? How did it make you feel?
“We Are The World” by Michael Jackson and friends, I must have been about four years old. I sang it while my family cheered on. I felt great, singing always made me happy and it still does.
GV: What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
I always knew I would pursue a career in music. It was a matter of “when” and not “if”, I just knew I would have to wait until I had completed my studies.
GV: What do you think your “biggest break” or “greatest opportunity” has been so far in your musical career?
Well, I’d say it was right at the beginning of my career here in the Nigerian music industry; finding the right team to support me on my journey. Everything has fallen into place since then and I’m grateful for all the work they’ve put in.
GV: Any collaborations yet?
Yes definitely! Very soon, I’ll be releasing a song I recently recorded with the “Obimmo” singer, Chidynma. I also have a song with a South African neo-soul artiste, Moneoa, which will also be released in the near future. There are other similar projects I am working on that I am really excited about.
GV: Is music a sidebar for you?
Music is a full time gig for me.
GV: What are your immediate music career goals?
The main goal is to keep making beautiful music that Nigerians will be proud of. I intend to produce great albums and release more singles.
There will definitely be singles featuring other talented artistes.
GV: How do you rate your live performance ability?
As much as I enjoying recording a new song in the studio, I feel there is nothing like a live performance. I totally enjoy performing live and interacting with the crowd. My goal each time I’m on stage is to
make the performance memorable. I come alive on stage!
GV: So lets talk about your feelings for other peoples music.. Who are your favorite Naija artists?
Right now, I listen to a wide range of Nigerian music depending on my mood. I love the fact that we are producing amazing songs and better quality videos now. It makes me proud to be Nigerian. There are so many artistes I love, Asa, Bez, Wizkid, Flavour, to name a few.
GV: You have a recently released video ‘Jowo’ currently rocking our TV screens, we can’t help but ask, was any man the inspiration behind the video concept? And are you single?
When I write I am inspired by love, my life and the lives of others around me. I wanted Jowo to represent the not so pretty side of love. It was not inspired by any particular man but I can definitely identify with the feeling of being in denial and not accepting that a relationship is over. However, I have never been so crazy as to stalk a man or crash his wedding! – I am not married but I am sure it will happen when the time is right.
GV: Tell us abut your ideal man
A confident, good looking, kind go-getter with integrity
GV: Before you go, care to share any parting words with your fans?
Be honest with yourself and figure out what you truly want, then go for it with God’s blessing!
It was nice chatting with this passionate lady and gistville wishes her the very best.