AFRIK TV HYPE : AN INTERVIEW WITH REKADO BANKS
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REEKADO BANKS Being born into a very modest family and not having all the luxuries of life didn’t stop Reekado Banks (Real name Solomon Ayoleyi Haniel) from achieving his dream of making music and becoming a star. Having started at his own pace at an early age with the help of his own very brother, Reekado Banks wrote poems and rap songs to kick-start his foray into music and not long after, he got into the University and mother luck shined on him when he applied for the MAVIN Records Talent Hunt Competition in the year 2013 and was fortunate enough to be the ONLY one picked out of over 5,000 entries that year.
letter on, the journey of his greatness started for this prodigiously gifted young chap whose God-given talent is quite evident for all to see with the materials he’s got for the little time he’s been around for his career.
AFRIK Hype serves you THE MAN THE MA CALL
I’m fine. I’m good.
So, Tell us! Who exactly are you and how do you came about the name Reekado Banks?
My Real name is Solomon Ayoleyi Haniel. Last of 6 children and was born into a Religious family. Childhood was fun enough but there wasn’t so much play. I enjoyed my childhood. Had my entire education in Lagos as I finished from the University of Lagos that year, where I studied History and Strategic studies.
How did your music career journey started?
Well, the music journey wasn’t like I planned it or as it seems to be. It was just a bit of distraction from boredom for me. When I started in the year 2008 after finishing Secondary School and i wrote my WAEC. I was waiting to write NECO and there was nothing then I was doing in the house so I was just alone with my Mum and Dad. All I did was to write a rap music and poems to while away my time. There was this Saturday morning my brother came back from School and was saying, “Hmmm, you’ve joined the singers and rappers club”. He advised me to sing because he thought I would do better at singing than rapping. At then, that was how it all started like playoooooo.
When did that passion and zeal for your music career started?
I always wrote. It wasn’t like I knew or felt what I was doing but I would put words together in nutshell and made sure it just made sense. I like to rhyme words together and let other people read and in order to verify that it would make sense and look sweet to them. When I got to the senior secondary school level, I infused the knowledge I got from literature and all sorts into my writing and that was it all how it all got in place till date..
How did you came about the name you call your self in the music industry – Reekado Banks?
The real meaning of my name is Ricardo, which is my favourite Spanish name which means ‘Ruler of Kings’ and it’s something I see myself becoming sometime in the future and which must surely happen. I had to adopt the name but I tweaked and change it a little to compare the spelling to ‘Reekado’. The ‘Banks’ literally means that I’m rich in my musical content and of course, i am bankable! (laughs)…
Let’s talk about your brother, who has obviously had a very big influence and who have impacted you alot on your career as a musician today.
Well, my brother Temi has had so much influence on my career. He has produced almost all the songs I had before I joined THE MAVIN records. He was MY manager and CEO when I was ‘Spicy’ back then. He inspected my writing, music and corrected me wherever he thought I was wrong OR am to make mistakes and took it upon himself.
You got signed into the MAVIN records in the year 2013 through your brother via a Talent Hunt competition. Wanna tell our team more about that?
Actually, I was not aware of any thing until it all worked out. I never knew until the day I was meant to go to the MAVIN studio to test-run. I later found out my self that he sent my song away before then and later I was picked as the only imaging winner out of 5,000 entries of candidates or artiste out there.
Did you got signed while you were still in School. How was the acceptance in UNILAG?
Well, UNILAG has been super supportive and encouraging back then. I see them all the time and I’m like “Oooshey, awon temi ni Akoka” (laughs). They’ve been amazing people to me. I wasn’t that much into music when I was in School back then. I didn’t portray myself that much as an artiste because I didn’t want to be distracted then. I would say I performed just three times in School and that was even before getting signed to the MAVIN Records.
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