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We Can Achieve Peace Through Music – Bature

| October 28, 2012 More

Bauchi โ€” Andy Bature, a popular musician from Bauchi State who enjoys good relationship with Kannywood, has a lot of songs to his name. In this interview, Bature, as he is popularly called, says the North has a lot to offer to the development of music in Nigeria.

Can you please give us your brief profile in music industry?

My name is Andy Bature, but I am popularly known as Bature. I am a citizen of Nigeria and from Bauchi State. I started music about 18 years ago in 1994, performing at different occasions, shows and things like that. I actually have people who mentored me, people I look up to and they really helped me. People like Timawus Mathias and Mr Abdon Dala Gin Kaigaman Dass inspired me a lot. Today, I thank God for the feat I have so far achieved.

What about school and education generally?

I attended Bakari Dukku Primary School in Bauchi before going to the Federal Government College Enugu where I had my secondary education. I was also at the Priesthood Film Institute in Lagos where I obtained a diploma. Presently, I am furthering my education at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University.

What led you to music industry?

I would say music is basically a gift, but I didn’t discover my gift until I learned most of these things from my elder brother even though he is no more in the field. However, I developed interest in music from the things I saw him doing. Also, in my secondary school, we were taught music as a subject so, and I picked interest in it. So after coming out of secondary school, I decided to take it further.

How many albums have you released so far?

Album? No. But I can proudly say that I have released over a hundred singles. But I am in the process of compiling them into an album because people are asking me how they could have my songs. If they are just singles you can only get them in the media houses. But once you record an album people can easily get it.

As a northern based artist, do you record songs for Kannywood?

Yes, there is good relationship between us. We produce some of the songs in Kannywood. I am a producer so they come to the studio and I produce the sound track, and we also do the voicing for them. But not many will know because we are behind the scene, people will only hear the songs without knowing how the production was done. I equally write songs for them sometimes.

Can you mention some of the songs?

Yes, we did a song for movie titled Duhu, and we did a sound track for a movie titled Amana and lots of other movies that one could not just easily remember.

Traditional music used to be popular but today it is fading. What effort are you making to sustain your music?

Well, if you look at it critically, my kind of music, which I call “fashion”, is a Hausa fashion. You get the beats, mostly western beats but the flavour is a typical Hausa flavour. Sometime we even look back to the era of ancient Hausa music, pick an old song and then we build on it and make it in tune with today’s expectations. We try to modernise them in short. We don’t want to deviate from the culture, but we also want to go along with modernity.

What is the future for the music industry?

We have a very bright future, and I always talk specifically about the future of northern Nigeria because we have a lot that has not yet been exploited. We have a lot to offer for the development of north, Nigeria and Africa as a whole. If you look around you will even see from the musicians that are already there, the likes of Sani Danja, Adam Zango, that the future is bright because there is more to be exploited.

Let’s talk about the album you are about to release. How do you feel?

It feels good to know that my songs will soon be found in the market, so that people don’t have to look for you all the time. Whoever wants your song can just go to the relevant places and get his copy. So it is really an achievement that I am proud of. I am so happy that at last my songs will be found everywhere and in every musical store in the country.

How will you describe your type of music?

I believe music is an instrument through which we pass useful information across. So in my music I try to send a message of peace, of hope, of love, of unity, etc. This time around the album contains seven tracks but two of the hit tracks are centred on peace. If you look around, you will realise that we really need peace. I feel it is important to take proactive measures towards tackling the lack of peace in our society today. We need to disseminate information of peace and how people should learn to tolerate one another and live peacefully with one another. For instance, in the upcoming album I have the song titled “Menene Duniya.” It is just talking about life generally, you know envy and all the greed and all that, that is what the track is talking about. And then the album contains other tracks like “Matasa” that is calling on the youths to embrace education and also find something doing rather than sitting idle.

Any support from the government or individuals?

I am really hoping to get the support of the government, most especially the Bauchi State Government. Peace is something that is dear to heart of the government and we want to use this CD to advocate peace, especially in the North. We want to take it to every state and to every media house and you know it requires money. I alone cannot do that. So I am really banking on the support of the state government and if possible other corporate organizations like the “Challenge your disability initiative.” If they can support us, we will go a long way.

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