Following your passion is no walk in the park, just ask any creative. Whether they are painters, musicians or dancers – the way of the creative might not be the road less traveled but it remains a tricky path. Imagine just how difficult it must be to play as a creative in a niche space, it’ll definitely be no easy task. This is the cross that our featured artiste, Angeloh, has decided to bear and for a noble cause too. Purpose is an essential element of all our lives but not many of us work and walk with it in mind. This could be either because many of us do not even know what our purpose is or, in most cases, are not strong enough to carry the cross and walk that journey alone. In a time such as this, Angeloh’s story is more than inspirational, it’s important. This feature is especially dedicated to all our artists and dreamers, so grab your plantain chips and chilled Zobo as we say hello to Angeloh, The Love Child With A Message.
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- Legal Name – Angelo Anosike
- Born – February 14, 1993 (26)
- Gender – Male
- Nationality – Nigerian
- Educational Background – Graduate of Creative Arts (B.A. Hons), University of Lagos
- Occupation – Music Artist, Visual Artist in Illustration, Animation, and General Graphics Design.
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As a quick introduction to your future fans and a reminder for your present fans, who is Angeloh?
Angeloh is a young dude obsessed with loving life, God, people, and goodness! I am just an everyday guy figuring out life as I live it. I am driven by love and creative impulses to use every God-given and humanly-honed craft at my disposal to share my experiences with whoever is willing to see and listen. I hope that others would find nuggets from my stories beneficial and enjoyable. That being said, I am a musical artiste, visual artist, and “encourager”. My pursuit and expressions centre on life, godliness, touching on everyday human experiences and God-reflection.
How long have you been doing music professionally?
I have been doing music professionally since 2012; actively creating and testing material. I came on the scene full time in 2017.
Brag about that your discography for a second. How many songs have you released so far and what are they?
My discography is still humble! I have 5 singles out – 3 singles features on songs by Gaise Baba, Tbabz and Limo Blaize as well as a 8-track feature on Bouqui’s latest album “Unstoppable”. My 5 track E.P., Love Child, came out on February 24.
What’s your favourite song you’ve released thus far?
I honestly do not have a favourite song of mine. Every song has its season and is probably the most listened to as of the time I make them.
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You’ve worked with legendary Nigeran gospel rapper, Bouqui in recent time. What was that experience like?
Working with Aunt Bouqui was phenomenal! As I mentioned earlier, we worked on an 8-track album together. I produced one of the songs on it and the rest were produced by the amazing QBitzz. The collaboration between Aunt Bouqui and I was a miracle I didn’t even pray for. It was a dope experience to put together such a special body of work with such an amazing talent. Bouqui’s “Unstoppable” album featuring your favourite boy Angeloh is out everywhere! Don’t be caught sleeping on it. Man must sell market! (laughs)
How did you get into music and what inspired you to get into gospel music?
I was born into music. My mum, though a professional painter and sculptor, happened to be an amazing singer. Her soprano was to die for and my dad was a DJ that year. My early years were filled with playlists of the elders in full swing, intermittent DJ scratches, and sonorous vocals laying melodies on the sounds proceeding from the speakers in the living room of our apartment in mid-town Surulere, Lagos. As I grew older, I began to write Christian covers to Westlife granted that I was born into church and Christianity. I tinkered with the idea of major pop stars being Christian artistes.
In my early teenage years, I explored more secular sounds and themes in my music. I spent a chunk of time living with a group of bachelors who were musical creatives at every level. We had singers, rappers, writers, a producer, and even budding A&R people in the circle. Those times were crucial to my formative years leading up to taking up music as a serious career path. Trust your boy to have soaked in the experience and wealth of variety.
I gave my life to Christ in 2012, after a myriad of alter calls (laughs). That season I decided to dedicate my music exclusively to communicating life through the eye of the Gospel (and by extension, scripture). I was not “called”, nor ordained with Goosebumps or pageantry – I decided and stuck to my decision. Of course, there were ample times of second guesses, but thanks to God and the pillars around me, we are still here.
Apart from making music, you also have a number of skills under your belt. What are these skills and how long did it take you to hone them?
Besides being a musician, I am a visual artist and budding culture influencer. As a visual artist, I am an Illustrator – creating art for album covers, children’s books, advertising and awareness campaigns, etc. I am also an animator and currently serve as the Art Director and co-founder of Basement Animation Studio. Basement Animation Studio is a fast-rising 2D animation content creation and service company. We consult and offer services in the areas of general graphics design as well as animation.
As a “budding” culture influencer, I put on writing, speaking and counseling caps. A couple of friends, co-conspirators and I are putting up a platform to shoulder those expressions. You will be seeing Angeloh in the articles, podcasts, vlogs, speaking and coaching spaces soon. Maybe a couple of books in the future. We’ll see.
In regards to honing my skills, I would say all I have being doing so all my life. I have been drawing since I was two years old. Some say I’m talented but I think “obsessed” is the word. I have been drawing since then and never stopped. I transitioned from pencil and pen on paper art to digital art on a professional level in 2011 when I joined the collective that eventually became Basement Animation Studios. We have been in the game professionally for 8 years now.
Writing and speaking skills became actively developed way back in 2008 when I became an exco in my teen’s church. Rotating between Sunday school teaching to programme and service planning, to giving sermons on Sundays, to having discussions with peers and younger teens after those sermons; that whole back to back was a great launch pad. Super grateful for such times.
Being an upcoming gospel artist will definitely have a different set of challenges from being a secular artist. What are they and how do you plan to overcome them?
Being an “urban” gospel artist has unique challenges. I use the word “urban” because my music is laden with Christian soundness yet fully in tune with the pop culture sounds of the millennial generation. From coming to terms with realising that church platforms and leaders aren’t eager to partner with the genre to defending the motive and intentionality of my approach and finding a team that believes in and supports the vision – diving head-on in this direction for life has been a journey filled with embracing the good, bad and ugly.
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I have a 5 step plan to overcome my challenges:
- Take your walk with God seriously enough to know him, and your places in His Scheme.
- Stand resolute in your resolve. Hold firmly to your convictions.
- Collaboration, partnership, team-mindedness.
- Build structures to support monetizing your art, but don’t be in the game for the money. Be in it for a purpose, and everything else lines up behind. Balance is everything.
- Walk in love and wisdom. Not hate, resentment, arrogance, or youthful excitement. Walk in love and wisdom.
What’s your take on secular music?
The word “secular” means “non-religious.” Not everything that is non-religious is bad for the soul; sports, health, formal education, patriotism, love, wisdom, compassion, etc. And besides, I do not consider God to be bound by the confines of secularism or religion, He is above all.
Which church do you attend?
When people hear your music what do you want people to gain out of it?
When you listen to my music, my hope is that you are inspired to take a step back and really look inwards to check yourself. Self-awareness is man’s greatest tool. I also hope (especially for the professing Christian) that you are encouraged to keep hope alive; to know that you aren’t alone in whatever your struggle with life and faith is. I hope to inspire repentance, worship, prayer, love and joy with my music. I hope also that my music brings you scripture you probably never knew and give you present-day context.
You’ve played at a number of shows. Which has been your favourite?
I have no favourite show I have performed at. Every show is a vibe. It’s either a great show or we for just stay for house that day!
Do you prefer recording to performing? Why not?
I love recording because it’s where I channel my creative energies to birth something new. I live for creating but I equally love performing. That’s where the interaction with the audience goes down. I cease to be a sound in your headphones or speakers or just an item on your favourite playlist. On stage, it’s no more just music, it’s a person.
What does 2019 have in store for Angeloh?
2019, 2019. New music, new channels of expression. Growth. These are what I look forward to this year.
Rate your own #10YearsChallenge on a scale of 1-10.
My #10YearsChallenge is forever a 10/10. (laughs)
Life is hard, but life is good. Love is hard work, it’s tough, rough, good, bad and ugly: embrace it all. Live, laugh, love, learn, repeat. If you haven’t found Christ, I pray you do, He’s awesome and radiant with tough love. If you have found him, press in. It’s a cruel joke to profess a God you do not really know.
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