Singer and a former member of the defunct gospel band, Kush, Lara George, tells TOPE OMOGBOLAGUN about her profession, household and different points
You studied Structure on the College of Lagos. How did you delve into music?
Music is one thing I’ve all the time cherished to do. I’ve all the time needed to sing since I used to be 5 years outdated. I all the time dreamt of singing in entrance of 1000’s of individuals. I’d watch Michael Jackson’s movies and see halls, fields, stadia crammed with individuals and I all the time noticed myself doing simply that.
In my days at Queens Faculty, Yaba, Lagos, we had been mandated to have a minimum of one extracurricular exercise and music was my extracurricular exercise. I additionally joined the choir and that’s the place I learnt quite a bit in regards to the concept and rudiments of music. I obtained loads of vocal trainings and I had glorious lecturers.
Did you ever take a course in music otherwise you inherited your voice out of your dad and mom?
I obtained very in depth music schooling in secondary faculty. I learnt play the recorder and the keyboard, although I’ve forgotten loads of these abilities on account of an absence of apply. However, on the time, I used to be doing a lot music concept that I used to be truly composing music. I additionally took some programs on music concept on the Muson Centre, Lagos, for some weeks and obtained a certification.
Nonetheless, I’ve to let you already know that my mum has a really lovely singing voice. She’s just like the soprano of sopranos if ever there was one. And I actually assume my voice sounds fairly like hers. I believe I obtained that from her.
What led to the disbandment of the group, Kush?
Kush broke up for a lot of causes. However the chief purpose was that the group was simply not transferring in the identical route. It was a tricky time within the historical past of Nigerian music and though the trade was on the precipice of one thing very lovely, we would have liked quite a bit to get previous the toughness of that season.
We had been at a season the place though there was loads of hype about music, there wasn’t sufficient that was sustaining the work that we had been doing. At that time, we had some points with our report label and there have been so many difficulties, so we sought of agreed to disagree. We had a gathering and we actually agreed to name it quits and sadly, the group disbanded. We had been by no means in a position to come again collectively once more.
They’ll all the time be my sisters. Life took us on a journey in such a approach that for all of us, we might by no means be capable to write the story of any of us with out speaking about each other. That’s how intricately we’re half of each other’s lives.
Why did it take you so lengthy to give you one other physique of labor after your final album?
Every artiste’s inventive course of is exclusive and for these of us within the trade, our journeys are fully totally different. For me as a feminine within the trade, simply on the level in life the place I’m, the reality is that going by the inventive strategy of writing that album and making it prepared for individuals to listen to is a really intensive one. It requires a lot, particularly if one writes one’s songs. I’m but to discover a structured system the place I can draw from a pool of written songs by songwriters. There’s actually no good publishing system in Nigeria. So, I’ve to rely very closely by myself songwriting abilities. And the reality of the matter is that it takes time. In the meantime, there are occasions when artistes truly encounter ‘author’s block’. Generally, one simply must withdraw from the general public eye in order that one can construct oneself up once more.