All in Music
Terry Apala, did you play around with the sound of your voice at a young age to discover your ability?
I started experimenting with my voice around the age of nine by mimicking voices of performers like Musiliu Ishola. In church, I would change the rhythm and tempo of songs by turning them into Apala sounds. People started noticing and as I matured, I got better at performing Apala music.
Where were you when you realized you could combine Apala music with Hip Hop?
Prior to making the hit song Champagne Shower, I created a few songs that were on a different wave, but last year one of my friends brought up the idea that I should attempt to mix the two genres.
And you listened to him?
Yes - it was a good idea, so I reached out to my producer and asked him to provide a trap beat. I ended up making my first hit song Champagne Shower, which has received a tight reception and more acceptance than I expected.
Mr. Ayuba, if you think back over your journey, what do you remember with fondness and what do you regret?
I am actually happy that I introduced a great style of Fuji to Nigeria and Africa, I am happy that the younger generations can get inspirations from my classics or even do remixes of my past songs. It is a good thing to still appeal to every generation of people in the world. I don’t have any regrets as I take everything as a lesson, I do not beat myself over something I missed nor force myself to do something I’d rather not do.
At a young age, you became a professional musician, how certain were you that you would succeed?
What I know is nobody can predict tomorrow. I never knew what would become of me, but I knew I loved music so much I could care less if it made me rich. I enjoy creating and music is what I practically live off and I thank God I am a successful product of the phenomenon.
You gained prominence in the early 90’s, how would you define your impact on Fuji music?
My style of music has made me understand that I indeed stand out. I took the tempo of my style of music to another level and it led to many people loving my style. Before the other tribes in Nigeria began to enjoy Fuji, I brought a sound they could dance joyfully too while also understanding the genre.