ARTISTE OF THE WEEK – Alaba Akinselure
Alaba Akinselure for me, is the most patient accompanist I have ever worked with. Not like the rest are not patient, but Alaba allows the Singer dictate and call the shots as he relegates himself to the very background. A difficult trait to find in accompanists in this part of the world.
The Ondo man has also been relevant to Classical Singers with some of his melodious compositions which include “Mura Si Ise”. It is always a pleasure to sing that piece, although I wonder why Nigerian Composers of this age have forgotten that Baritones exist, abeg composers, make una consider us naa, haba!. Alaba also has other compositions for Organ, Choir and Instruments.
Alaba Akinselure started his music career as a boy in the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Owodunni, Palmgroove, Lagos in the early 90’s as the quest for knowledge made him join the church choir. He later began to learn Piano Playing under Pastor Ebenezer Olaniyi. As the knowledge grew, Alaba’s hunger for music grew bigger, pushing him enrol at the Pa Fayemi school of music in Ilupeju, Lagos, in the mid 90’s.
In 2001, he met with Mr Segun Fadeyi, who convinced him to take his music studies a notch higher, after listening to him play some choruses from Handel’s Messiah. Mr. Fadeyi encouraged him to enrol for the Lagos State University Diploma program in 2002.
Studying Music at The Lagos State University is an an experience Alaba cannot forget in a hurry, here he recounts the state of Nigerian Choral Music and Music Education, even as he applauds Nigerian Classical Musicians both graduates and undergraduates alike.
“The quality of teaching before was deplorable, but I’m happy it has improved in recent times. I’m also very happy that things are changing in Music Education generally in Nigeria. We now have young people who are passionate about the profession, students who are now performance driven and not those who are theorists. The advent of institutions like Muson School of Music helped in this regard. Choral music is growing in Nigeria. The participation of some Nigerian Chorale groups in international competition, has put Nigerian Choral music on the world Map. Composers are now writing music for different mediums.
Focusing on our indigenous choral music will make choral music gain more acceptance in Nigeria and the infusion of our indigenous musical instruments will enhance good performance. Choral music can be very lucrative if it is well packaged
The future is bright for choral music”
Alaba Akinselure holds a B.A in Majoring in Conducting, Piano and Organ performance at the Lagos state University. He also holds a Masters Degree in Composition and Performance from The University of Lagos.
Alaba has featured at World Choir Games and European Choir games in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA in 2012 and Graz, Austria, in 2013, accompanying the Lagos City Chorale respectively.
He has also performed at an event in Dubai in 2014.
Alaba and representatives from other countries at the European Choir Games, Graz, Austria.
He has been an Organist at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Igbobi and currently the Organist and Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Surulere, Lagos. He owns a contemporary band which performs a blend of highlife and juju.
Alaba and some of his Choristers at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
Please put your hands together for this Pianist, Organist, Composer, Teacher and Performer;
I CELEBRATE YOU TODAY!
Ifediora, Obinna Maurice
Musical Society of Nigeria
8/9 Marina, Onikan Lagos.