Bamike Adeyemi who uses the stage name, Oba is a contagious worshipper that uses Yoruba/English language with jazz idioms to bring people into fresh dimensions of worshipping God. With two albums to her credit and the third on the way, OBA is in a class of her own. In this chat with Tosin Clegg she talks music, family and more
Who is OBA?
I am a music minister, public speaker, and a writer. My kind of music is a blend of Afro/Neo-soul/Jazz with an African embellishment. My mantra is “Making a divine statement with an African signature. I am married to my best friend and partner in the assignment and blessed with children. My kind of music is Kingdom -oriented. I am Christian Soul/Jazz singer. My music portrays my journey through life and my deep faith and connection with God.
What are the challenges in the industry?
The major challenge for me is juggling the Homefront and my Music career as a ‘Momusician’. I just coined that word in my recent blog. Sometimes, both can be overwhelming. But thanks to God for grace and for an amazing husband.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Five years from now, I want to see my music making global Impact, in terms of content and delivery. One of my life-long term dreams is to perform and keep performing at the Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festivals on a regular basis and other Jazz festivals all around the world.
Who do you love to work with – artistes and producers?
Lately I have been listening to Jonathan Mcreynolds. I would love to work with him some day. He is a passionate Christ-lover. I will also love to work with Modele on a full scale. In terms of Producers, Cobhams Asuquo.