Nkan Eledua is my stage name; in Yoruba dialect it means “Something of God, my art, act, voice and dexterity on stage is all of God” But i prefer to be call “Nkan” . Singer, songwriter, Thespian, chanter and percussionist, my genre of music is Afrocentric and Kosmopolitan with a “K” with an infusion of Afro, jazz and highlife. I started making art in order to share my gift of music with the world and to make a positive impact through my lyrics and art. I am from the Yoruba speaking part of Nigeria, West African.
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Where are you based?
I am based in California, USA.
How long have you been making music?
I started making music in 2005, with an album titled “Music of our Ancestor, By Nkan Eledua” produced by Kayode Samuel. I had to take a long break in 2010 when I lost my only sister, to take care of my nephews. Just launched back in 2020 when I released a song titled Revolution, inspired by #EndSars. As a way of using my own voice to speak against injustice. By my calculation it’s almost 17 years. You can say I am sure a great fighter right?. Not giving up.
What genre would you consider your music to be?
Afrocentric, highly Kosmopolitan with a “K ” what does that mean? My genre of music is an infusion of culture married to my heritage where you will find Afrobeats, Afro pop, Afro Jazz and Highlife.
What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
To be honest! Quite a few things inspired me. to use my voice for the voiceless, to be an inspiration to younger generations, to make sure my talent is used in this world. God hasn’t made a mistake to impact me with so much. The most of it all is to be able to help orphans, any child who has lost either of their parents. Right now, we have over “5” five children we are taking care of. One is in a private professional institution, two are writing their high school exam now “WAEC”, one is in a junior high school “JSS” while the baby who just closed 3 is in a kindergarten class. Our goal is to reach out to 500. We still have a long way to go. lol
What are your biggest musical influences?
Firstly, I will say my vocal power. Other influencers were listening to female artists, like Mariam Makeba, Late Comfort Omoge, Angelique Kidjo, Lijadu Sisters, Yvonne Chaca Chaca, Oyenka Onwenu, Late Christy Essien-Igbokwe and Late Brenda Fassi whom people says we look alike.
Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
Having to start all over again for me, I will say the challenges are limited with the help of the internet and the platforms provided for individual artists like me. Before now it was tough. I was part of that generation. paid prices with no result. Also to add to that, the help of social media too comes with loads of work, to make an impact even with the internet with various platforms. you have to have to be able to push your work. It comes with a load of hard work. If you are ready to spend ego, money kudi owo. you can surely push yourself.
How many songs or albums have you released to date?
1 album 2 singles and Mr. Dj dropping July 9th will make it 3 singles
Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
Hmmm! Mr.Dj by Nkan! I smile when i just look back to how many songs i have written and misplaced due to moving to different locations but Mr. Dj got stuck in my head forever. The song was written in 2005, inspired by Rihanna. when I watch her musical video. I also want to celebrate the DJ’s all over the world, for their contributions to the music world
Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
Absolutely, I am working on few more songs. but right now, all energy is on Mr.Dj by Nkan that will be dropping July 9th2022. So you all! Kindly please go stream, share like and buy to support one of the best talent from Africa. do follow me on my social media handles and lets get to know each other more.