MAN OF MILLIONS
Since Samuel Adepoju aka Samuel Singh’s first YouTube clip went viral a few years ago, the 27-year-old Nigerian has been posting Bhojpuri, Haryanvi and Odiya songs. His Bhojpuri song, ‘Lollipop Lagelu’, has got 688,000 views, 20,000-plus shares and more than 4,000 comments. His Odiya folk song—‘Rangabati’—is romping with 1.45 million views. Last month, he announced on his FB page, “Getting to a 100K subscribers on YouTube is not really a day’s job... the next milestone (million mark) is tougher, but let’s do it again.’’
How did you get interested in Bhojpuri, Haryanvi and Odiya songs?
It all started when I visited India for cancer treatment in 2010. I fell in love with Indian culture. I got more into it when I needed to talk to a girl I liked but she didn’t understand English. I had to learn a few words to be able to communicate with her.
At what point did you start thinking that music could be more than a hobby?
I started singing a year after moving back to Nigeria in 2015 (after completing BTech from a college in Jaipur). Now I have a producer who records me.
What are your picks when it comes to Nigerian music?
Nigerian music is majorly of the genre called Afro beat. There are a lot of good songs here and it’s difficult to really pick my favourite. But for now, Wizkid and Davido are favourites with a lot of people.
What are your favourite Indian folk songs?
I usually play songs on YouTube and whenever I come across anyone I like. It’s really difficult to pick a favourite singer or song. Indian songs are very pure and natural.