We sit down with the Nigerian artist for a wide-ranging interview about his London O2 concert, his two albums, and his philosophy & growing fame.
In both music and public persona, Adekunle Gold is measured, thoughtful and engaging. In person, a strong current of resolve and self-belief emerges, one that doesn't belie his image but in fact reaffirms these qualities that have made him a much-loved musician and personality, now more than ever.
"I still find myself convincing people that I have something" says Gold at his lodgings in London Dockland, the regenerated riverfront and once the largest port in the world "after that show I said,'You know what? I'm done.'"
He was speaking in June, soon after his triumphant Adekunle Gold + 79th Element Live in Concert at London's O2, a weekend of Nigerian highlife music that also hosted a headline concert by Sir Shina Peters, Nigeria's top proponent of pop-juju who first found fame in the early 1990's. Gold sold out the "restricted capacity" of Indigo's concert hall and drew from his latest album About 30 and 2016 debut Gold for his set. Guest appearances included Simi and Dyo and Gold was backed by a seven-piece band that included celebrated guitarist Femi Leye, a hype-man, and hypewoman Adekunbi Kosoko who is also the artist's sister.
Triumphant, and also relieved from the tyranny of personal and public expectations, Gold is a revelation in this wide ranging interview about his concert, two albums, philosophy and growing fame.