Fast-rising Afrogospel singer, King Tobi David, who recently bagged a nomination for Best International Artist of the Year in UK’s Gospel Xplosion Awards 2019, spoke with Temitope Adetunji about his music career, his aspirations and how he has been able to balance his music with other responsibilities.
Tell us about yourself:
My name is King David Tobi, I am a Nigerian. My full name is David Oluwatobi Olorunosebi and I am popularly known as King David Tobi. I have released three albums so far, titled ‘A New Dawn’ ‘Jesus In The Streets’ and currently the new one called ‘King Of Afrogospel’. I love to make some for God, I mostly make Afrogospel music and Hip hop music and also I am a good rapper. I have loved to sing for God since the age of 7 and performed in many crowds in 11 countries, and I know I will never stop. I love to spread love to people, to make people to be motivated, I like to let people know they can do it, with God all things are possible, to them who believe in God.
What inspired you to choose music as a career?
I believe I was born to be an Artiste. I love to make movies for God via Songs. So I guess my mind naturally chose the music and it just happened.
Who inspires you?
So I wanted to just acknowledge and appreciate King David of Isreal from the Bible, he was indeed the Greatest Gospel Artist I’ve ever heard of. My dad Pastor David Olorunosebi is also the Greatest Modern Christain I know, and he composes Sweet music effortlessly.
Why did you choose gospel when many young people in this age are opting for pop music which they believe pays better?
I came from a Powerful Christian home and the genes I got from my dad made it too easy for me to choose Christ. I decided since I love to innovate so much, Why can’t I try it via music for the gospel of God.
Have you ever had stage fright?
Never, I guess me being a Covenant University graduate has given me so much boldness to never fear anything I face or see.
Tell us about your favourite performance venues
I have been privileged to share the same stage with Simi in the Madison Fahrenheit Gardens Victoria Island. And guess what that day she followed me back on Instagram, I really thank God for everything. In 3 years I’ve toured Nigeria and performed in a few African countries.
What are your unique skills as a Gospel Singer?
Just been able to be me, and sing in my own unique way. And my favourite part is that gospel music teaches me a lot to do better and get better serving the Most High.
Which musician (foreign/local) do you admire as a role model? Why
To be Honest I only admire myself, because in 3 years I’ve virtually almost conquered the world. Most of my songs have been rated number one. And I’ve been featured in so many international platforms via the RyZe Magazine July Issue of The United States. The Caribbean is my favourite place whenever I get an interview session to talk on their radios to places like Jamaica, St Kitts and Honduras.
Have you ever done a music collaboration with other artistes?
Yes, I actually can work with anybody. I’ve collaborated with talented folks both from secular and the gospel of Christ in my first two albums.
Which artiste are you looking forward to collaborating with?
Currently, as a Hip Hop and Afro Gospel Artiste I am a huge fan of Tope Alabi. I feel we will work out well in the studio. Also, I love what Mike Abdul brings to the culture too. I want to work with everyone
What are your best career memories so far?
When I got nominated in the UK at the Gospel Xplosion Awards 2019 for Best International Artist Of the Year.
Why Afro Gospel and not the common Gospel we are used to
Afro Gospel because I love what Afrobeat stands for. Afrobeat stands for pure Africa, and Gospel is what I love to share. Jesus died for us all to be free. Afrogospel is Freedom, and I can be a Reggae, Rapper and Pop Artist all at the same time.
What are the uniqueness in your style of music that distinguish you from others?
I’m King David Tobi, the new Modern King of the Gospel Sounds. I called my third album ‘King of Afrogospel’ because I wanted to show the world what I’m made of and that my God is the King Of Kings and the Lord Of Lords.
Do you do other things aside from music?
I love to travel and I love to write. I’m currently writing my first book now
How do you balance your music career with other responsibilities?
It’s been God and I just keep planning my time effectively