“My inspiration comes from God; all I need do is – pick up my guitar and play a tune, and then the inspiration follows” says – Gabriel Omavoran Williams a.k.a Gabby Williams. The 28 year old dark dude is from Delta State, Nigeria but was born and groomed in Olodi-Apapa, Lagos.
His love for the Late Abamieda Fela Anikulapo Kuti and his music explains the feel and style of his music today. According to him, he grew up with his dad who played the tunes of IK Dairo, Orlando Owoh, Segun Adewale, Ebenezer Obey and KSA but his interest hit climax when he became exposed to the Kalakuta Republic and the old Fela shrine in1996; “That was when I really got to understand the art of good music and how to make them” he said.
The first single “Ere tide” (Playtime) off his forthcoming untitled album is enjoying airplay while the second single “We Dey Show” will hit radio in two weeks. Attentive ears to the type of music our young ones are churning out today will relatively explain the mindset of some of our youths today. Probing on why Gabby chose contemporary music instead of Hip-hop or Pop, he says “Culture never dies and African music which is our culture, that’s why I have chosen to play contemporary African tunes”.
Gabby is signed to South African based – African Dop Records in Cape Town. His debut album is scheduled to hit the market in the first quarter of 2010 but he intends to keep recording and researching to see another angle to explore the international market from the shore of Nigeria and Africa as a whole. This is not leaving out his challenge, which according to him is – “To liberate the mind of the coming generation with my music, cos it doesn’t matter how long we live, but how we live and what we live behind.”