Adekunle Gold

Spotlight: Adekunle Gold

In this week’s edition of our Spotlight series, we’re directing your attention towards Nigerian highlife singer songwriter Adekunle Gold.

Sam Ilori
  • By Sam Ilori
  • 23 Feb 2021
  • min read

Hailing from Lagos Nigeria as a descendant of the Kosoko royal family, it is evident that Adekunle knew music was his calling when listening to the smooth sounds of highlife that he provides in every song.

Recognised for his romantic lyricism, silky soft vocals never-ending groove, the 34-year-old singer is constantly evolving and refining his sound to take his fans on a journey to pastures new.

Read all about him.

Who?

Adekunle Gold

What?

Highlife

From where?

Nigeria

What’s the story?

Growing up, Adekunle had a love for music but was not certain that he wanted to pursue it as a professional career. When he was 15, he wrote his first song and over the years auditioned for many competitions and reality shows. Despite being unsuccessful in his endeavours, Adekunle was persistent in his pursuit of one day becoming a musician.

He studied art, industrial design and media graphics which lead to him becoming a graphic designer by profession. In 2014 however, he decided the nine to five lifestyle had run its course in his life and that it was time for him to focus on his music. This resulted in the release of his debut single Sade.

The decision to pursue his music in 2014 changed the trajectory of his career and as a result, the opportunity presented itself for him to perform outside of his native home of Nigeria for the first time the following year. The performance took place in Troxy (London) to a crowd of 4000 attendees despite the fact he only had two songs to perform.

In 2016, he performed at Hammersmith Apollo to a crowd of 5000 attendees and in 2017 hosted his own concert at the O2 academy Islington which sold out three days prior to the event taking place. This was followed by another sold out concert at the Indigo O2 the following year.

Fast forward to the year 2020, Adekunle had gone on to perform on the main stage at Lovebox, collaborate with the likes of Wizkid and release his third studio album.

Adekunle’s consistency in writing, performing and singing is something he prides himself on. He has expressed that he hopes to work with King Sunny Ade, Usher and Bruno Mars one day and wants his music to be synonymous with the feeling of creating magic.

Sounds like?

Velvet

Predicted to?

Evoke the feeling of romance.

Must hear?

Antidote, Something Different, Only Girl, AG Baby and Jore. Watch the official videos below.