Cobham Asuquo Speaks on His Feeling About Being A Blind Man



Popular Nigerian singer and producer, Cobhams Asuquo, has opened up on how he feels about being a blind person.A highly regarded songwriter, producer and musician, Cobhams Asuquo, came into reckoning after producing Asa’s highly acclaimed international album, ASA.

The hugely talented though visually-impaired man reputed with working with a long line of music stars including Bono, Femi Kuti, D’Banj, Seyi Shay, Darey Art Alade, Tiwa Savage, Bez, Lara George, Flavour, Praiz and Yemi Alade spoke with ADEDAYO ODULAJA on music, his career and life in this riveting interview.You have been around for a while but how much more music should your fans expect from you?

Certainly I am writing a lot more and trying to put out more music, I am very excited to be doing this; I have been putting out music for people for so many years and glad to be putting mine out now. I think it probably comes from being comfortable enough to do it feeling like you don’t hate your voice for example I always hated my voice for years and still don’t know if I can call myself a fan of my voice but at least I am comfortable enough to use it.

I think part of it comes from that; I think it comes from the fact this is always what you always wanted to do and have been procrastinating and getting to appoint where you absolutely have to do it; Recognising that you have a message to share and a voice to contribute to the world and you just do it I think it’s all that
Is there any story or reason behind hating your own voice?

No particular reason, maybe it’s because I was always used to it or wanted it to sound a certain way, I think it comes from knowing yourself too much and I have come to find out that a lot of musicians are not crazy about their voice, maybe that’s a good thing but I am also happy that I can take out time and put my voice to good use.

How would you describe your sound if you had to do that?

I would say my sound is honest; I make music because I want to make music because I love it. It can be reggae today, country tomorrow but I think it’s honest. I think it is always saying something, always present, always sorrowful and moving.

Do you think the Nigerian audience understands enough to appreciate experimenta-tion from artistes?

So far I have tried different styles and they have been well received. For instance, ordinary folks have some country nuances and you know people have received it quite well. “Do the right thing” has a pretty Rock vibe and “Blue Six” is something I did with Falz, straight up Hip-hop and “Nigerian Experience” and was also received pretty well.

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