The incredible story of Gee Six Five, who released the popular hit Obani Lababantu just before passing away in December 2020, has inspired Nigerian music star SVMROGOD’s new single Ajinomoto.
The single is off SVMROGOD’s upcoming album that is dedicated to Gee Six Five, who pursued a music career at the age of 65 against all odds.
SVMROGOD (pronounced Samro-god) spent much time with the late star in the studio, something that brought about the idea of a possible collaboration before her passing.
“I worked with Marimba Records, the piano producers who produced the viral hit song Obani Lababantu by the late star Gee Six Five. She was actually meant to feature on this song,” he explains.
“My upcoming album Rose Out of Concrete is dedicated to her. She sadly passed on right before she was due to collaborate with me on this new single.”
SVMROGOD, whose real name is Momodu-Kassimu Momodu, grew up in Sokoto State in Nigeria. He says the song was largely inspired by his upbringing, and the term “Ajinomoto” reminds him of a Chinese seasoning his mother often used when preparing food.
“I was born in Sokoto State Nigeria in the beginning of the 1988-1989 religious crisis and my childhood memory is very different from most people,” the talented star recalls.
“My mother would tell us of hiding in a mosque for days to save our lives. This is how I grew up, and it has influenced everything about my life till today including my music. I thank God every day for that perspective of life. It made me more compassionate and grateful for every day on earth.”
SVMROGOD’s musical inspirations include the iconic Fela Kuti, 2Baba, The Weekend, Wiz kid, Lil Wayne, Kwesta, Rick Ross, R. Kelly, Riky Rick, Beyoncé, DJ Khalid, Angélique Kidjo and Craig David.
The artiste has started off the 2021 year on a positive note and is promising more music and an upcoming album.
“I have lots more good music coming! My next single Gently, taken from my upcoming album Rose Out of Concrete, drops in March and I can’t wait to release it. I hope my fans will love it.”
Watch Ajinomoto video on YouTube here.