K’ore @ the Ball

What type of music do you sing?

I play various genre of music, but always with an afrocentric touch, and from a christian world view.

Tell us the brief history of your music brand.

I am Kehinde Olumide Akinbode, popularly known as Kenny K’ore. K’ore is from the yoruba word Kuorire, which means Congratulations. I chose to call myself Congratulations because I believe what we answer to is what eventually shapes our destiny. I am from Abeokuta, Ogun state. I am a musician, Gospel Musician. I started out professional music while I was in secondary school, and the years have seen me done several shows and won many awards with the Infinity group of Olorioko fame. However, I’ve since five years ago been exploring wider creative possibilities as the leader of the Kuorire band, with my debut album “Eledumare Classic” which is still making waves and touching people to worship.

Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

I am influenced by both the good and the bad; the good, how to do it. The bad, how not to do it. Amongst them in no particular order is Daddy Panam Percy Paul, Don Moen, Micheal Jackson, Bob Marley etc all my friends and all my enemies.

What are your dreams and goals?

My aspirations aren’t much anymore; I just want to be that man that fulfilled his destiny and lived to please my GOD in my life time. I want to be a loving husband of one wife and a responsible father to my children. I want to be one of those men that left an enviable legacy behind.

Who writes your songs, what are they about?

I Mostly write my songs, and at the very centre of all of them is Jesus Christ the messiah and the only begotten Son of GOD; what He means to me and my believe in His imminent return.

What’s your opinion of ASA and her style of music?

I don’t know much about the exceptionally gifted maestro Asa, except that her music is one that I as a christian can listen to and not be ashamed that my Pastor would give me a vote of low confidence. If you’ll tempt me to do a collaboration with a secular artist, it’ll be with Asa.

What do you think about downloading music online?

Downloading music online can be good or bad; there are several legitimate and credible online music stores as well as rogue pirate ones. So it’s at best a ying yang, up down feeling for me.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

When we talk about record industry in Nigeria I like to stay with my constituency which is gospel;
Sadly but frankly speaking there isn’t an industry, except it exists in another form from the norm. There isn’t a single functioning none denominational gospel label in this country. The distribution networks is still as epileptic as it could be with artistes getting ripped off most times from the benefits of their investments. Thank GOD for events which has singularly made music business lucrative for gospel artistes.

What’s your claim to fame?

I lay no claim whatsoever to fame.
I am just a grateful man; that I’m doing what I love and people, both locally and internationally, love me for it.

What inspires you to do what you do?

The innate need for us all to find relevance is one of my inspirations. GOD found me, and now, nothing or no one inspires me more than my FATHER in Heaven. My love for the art of music, and love for humanity are also amongst my chief motivators.

Tell us about your new album and why we should all get it.

I have a new album coming out soon, titled NOAH after the Bible character of the same name. I believe the time we live in is closely related to the time he lived in, and humanity may soon experience GOD like they did in Noah’s days. The album promises to be creative, entertaining, edifying, and refreshing.
It’s a body of work you’ll want to listen to over and over again.