“Mr Popular” an highlife gospel music artiste was on BenMagRadio Gospel HAWT SEAT recently and he exhibit the character of a man of the scripture, who does not allow the genre of music (JUJU) he’s doing to define his way of life but rather showing the light to the world through his kind of music.
He was born into a music oriented family as his father and mother are both musicians while his siblings are also not left out.
Through hard work he positively disappointed one of his teacher who had said he will never make it as a music artiste but as a teacher.
He spoke on so many issues that borders on his life, family, music career and his relationship with God.
Q: CAN WE MEET YOU SIR?
Mr POPULAR: My names are Adegbenro Ebenezer Abiodun (Mr Popular)
Q: HOW ABOUT YOUR FAMILY BACKGROUND?
Mr POPULAR: I was born into a Christian family of five, also a family of music. My father being an Hawaiian guitarist and mother being Choir leader in a Baptist Church, two of my siblings are also into music.
Q: SO BASICALLY YOU ARE BORN INTO A MUSIC FAMILY?
Mr POPULAR: Yes by His grace.
Q: WHAT ABOUT YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?
Mr POPULAR: I attended St Saviour’s Nursery/Primary School, Ijegun-Ikotun at primary school level, followed by Ijegun Comprehensive High School, Ijegun, then i proceeded to Emmanuel School of Music, Ikotun, as well as Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto-Ijanikin, Lagos, then later on to Muson School of Music (Grd IV Theory of Music).
Q: WHEN DID YOU VENTURE INTO MUSIC PROFESSIONALLY?
Mr POPULAR: I was exposed to music since my childhood ’cause i was born into a music oriented family like i said earlier and same had being an integral part of my personality index, I learnt a lot of musical instruments & attended a lot of events as a child.
Q: HOW CAN YOU DEFINE MUSIC or LET ME SAY WHAT DOES MUSIC MEANS TO YOU?
Mr POPULAR: Music is my life, music is what I am, not what i do, to me music is not a profession, it is a Commission, or simply put ..a Ministry.
Q: A MINISTRY? EXPLAIN FURTHER PLEASE?
Mr POPULAR: Ministry is anything you do that glorified God and benefit mankind. Furthermore, it’s what you do to earn “The Living” not “A Living”.. It doesn’t really matter if you are not riding the best of cars or living in a mansion. What matters is the fact that God is glorified & mankind is positively affected.
(BenMagRadio cuts in): Amazing!
(He continues…..) If you sell pepper in the market, you can choose to make it a trade or ministry, If you are a teacher you can choose to make it a profession or Commission.
Q: SO BASICALLY MUSIC IN YOUR OWN VIEW MUSIC SHOULD BE ABOUT CALLING AND NOT ABOUT THE COMMERCIAL VALUE?
Mr POPULAR: It all depends on your propellant, Not only music, every field of endeavour should be about calling. He who God calls, He appoints & glorified.
Let me tell you a little story, I remember a scenario during my school days when my teacher was asking us what we want to become in future,
(Mc’Malaga Cuts in…..) I know you would have said you wanna become a doctor (laughs)
Mr POPULAR: Hmmmmm, not me, Maybe my next door neighbour
(Mc’Malaga Cuts in…..). Like seriously?
Mr POPULAR: yes!
(He continues the story…..) The topic for discussion that day was “Decision Making” I said “Uncle Lucky, i want to become a musician” Then the teacher looked at me and said…….. “Biodun you know what? It is better you were not born at all, It would have even been better if you aspire to become a teacher” but I thank God for making that decision.
Q: IT SEEMS IT HAS FINALLY PAID OFF?
Mr POPULAR: yes oooo, Music is lucrative.
Q: IS THAT SO?
Mr POPULAR: yes because the Bible says delight yourself in the Lord & He shall grant you the desires of your heart.
Q: SO WHAT CAN YOU SAY HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR IN MUSIC?
Mr POPULAR: They are too numerous to be mentioned but the greatest of them all is that i am functioning under God’s divine purpose, “those that knows their God shall be strong and do exploits”
(Benmagradio Cuts in…..) Acknowledging Gods greatness is the best.
Mr POPULAR: Yes, my Bible says “Trust in the Lord, lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your path straight”
(Benmagradio Cuts in…..) Halleluyah!!
Q: WHAT YOU SAID EARLIER IS IN TOTAL CONTRAST TO WHAT THE SOCIETY THINK ABOUT THE GENRE OF MUSIC YOU DO(JUJU Music), HOW DO YOU NOW DEFINE YOURS TO MAKE PEOPLE REALISE IT’S A CALLING AND NOT PURPOSELY FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES LIKE MOST OF THE ARTISTES DOING YOUR GENRE OF MUSIC ARE KNOWN FOR?
Mr POPULAR: Well, i am a man of many parts. I can’t be boxed into a particular type, kind or genre of music. You’ll recount that i profess that I’m a musicologists.
(He continued….) Musicology is a bridge between the lay and clergy. It also incorporates every existing genres of music.
The bottom line is that we must grow towards the light. When you put a budding plant in a dark room, go and check it after a while, you’ll discover that it will be growing towards the light. That’s what God the giver of all good gifts expects from us all, regardless of our area of specialisation, inclination, philosophy or school of thought.
Any departure from that in not acceptable as far the kingdom business is concerned.
Q: SIR, CAN YOU REFLECT ABOUT THE CHALLENGES SO FAR SINCE YOU’VE STARTED THIS MUSICAL JOURNEY?
Mr POPULAR: Challenges??..That’s if I even see them….As for me, I do not see any challenge, what I see are hurdles and I jump and pass. I started music early so i have a richly detailed experience of the pros & cons of the music ministry.
BenMagRadio: that’s nice of you sir.
Q: LASTLY WHAT SHOULD YOUR FANS BE EXPECTING FROM YOU IN NO DISTANT TIME?
Mr POPULAR: There is a long list of events but the salient ones are My annual appreciation Concert where i celebrate my birthday & appreciate fans, partners and my band members, then a Celebrity Christmas Carol Concert Tagged “Night of Excellence”
I also have a recognition award from Batnas Media coming up……. all in December 2016, then the unveiling of “IRAPADA VIDEOS” and launching of a new music album come 2017.
BenMagRadio: Its been nice having you on the Gospel HAWT SEAT tonight, On behalf of BENMAGRADIO, i say a very big shout out to you for answering our call, God bless you real good.
Mr POPULAR: Amen.
N.B: Are you an artiste and you wish or desire to be the next guest artiste to feature on BenMagRadio HAWT SEAT, its simple
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