Gabbytane: The Future is Now

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Afrobeats have continuously seized the world by storm. With its rhythms and engaging melodies, it goes beyond a genre; it's a form of cultural reset. While Afrobeats reigns dominant, a new generation of Nigerian artists is pushing limits and broadening the sound spectrum. These acts are taking Afrobeats' foundations and blending them with unexpected inspirations, resulting in a sound that is fresh, thrilling, and prepared to drive the genre even higher into the worldwide spotlight. Gabbytane is one of those at the epicenter of the Nigerian musical scene explosion.

Early Life and Influences 

Gabbytane has been into music for 6 years but took it up professionally 4 years ago. He attended Lagos State Model College Kankon. He studied History and International relations at Ajayi Crowther University,  Oyo State, where he finished with second-class upper honors in the year 2020. His stage name “Gabbytane” is a fusion of his name Gabriel and one of my favorite quotes that says ( TALENT ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH ) T.A.N.E.which serves as a constant reminder to him to always put in the work.

Music started as a hobby for the multitalented act originating from listening to old music catalogs from his dad, he was always enthralled with music, and over time he started bugging his parents for a guitar which triggered my interest and love for music. At the age of fourteen, he was in a band called DAIZE, learning songs and freestyling with friends on downloaded beats back in high school. Gabbytane became so invested in his music that he started performing at school shows such as socials, trade fairs, departmental weeks, and the like which marked the beginning of his music journey. Not long after, he got into writing songs and performing which eventually led to the release of his first official single titled “Jeje” in July 2019, The release earned favorable reviews and this cemented his commitment to his musical career. His music was influenced by a lot of artists in different ways but he grew up listening to artists like 2face, Bob Marley, Zule Zoo, Majek Fashek, Lucky Dube, Burna Boy, Patoranking, Chronixx, Durela, and MI Abaga. 

Musical Career And Journey So Far

Gabbytane draws his musical inspiration from the reggae culture and sound and also other genres such as afrobeat and RnB. He describes his music as “dancehall fusion” which is a blend of dancehall music into every other genre.

He believes that regardless of the general narrative of music having the ability to heal people mentally and spiritually, He sees music as an escape from this world which makes him transcend into a world within his imagination through different beats, harmony, and chorus. 

However, It has not been a bed of roses for the super-talented act. He gets difficult due to specific reasons, most importantly finance. As well as breaking into the mainstream of the music industry. He also believes that with so many new avenues available to aspiring artists nowadays, the competition for listeners’ attention is fiercer than ever. 

He strongly believes that finding the right people to work when trying to build a career in the music business is an act of courage.He also has a strong passion for acting that If he wasn’t making music he would  definitely be acting, cause it has always been something he had passion for outside music.He has also excelled in acting industry which led him to win  best actor award  for a drama project organised by Lagos state.

Posted by Abdulazeez A Shomade | Published on 2024-05-14 16:29:11