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Hassan Muhammad Sharif (a.k.a. K-Boy) Hassan Muhammad Sharif (a.k.a. K-Boy)

Hassan Muhammad Sharif (a.k.a. K-Boy) told Adam Alqali why he left music for journalism

What can you say influenced your choice of music as a career?

What really influenced my choice of a career in music was my love for hip hop music by American musicians like the late 2Pac Shakur, BIG and Nas among many other famous rappers in the 1990s. I can remember that in those days, I would spend a lot of my time listening to their music and trying to understand it.  I would say this was what inspired me to begin to learn the craft and so I became a rapper. One more reason why I ventured into the music industry was to use it to change my society for better.

 

You were a member of the Kano Boys musical band. How did the group come about?

Kano Boys came about during my secondary school days. It was then I met one Ibrahim Ahmed who was writing a song called Nasiha and who eventually became my friend. I was impressed by the way he penned it. Ibrahim asked me to contribute a verse in the song, which I did. It was then that we decided to create a band, and while we were still thinking of the name to give the band, two of our friends Idris Muhammad and Abba Ishaq joined us. The band name was coined from K-BOY, that was my nickname given to me by a friend; and which is a short form of Kano Boy. We decided to adopt my nickname because we were all from Kano and wanted to identify with the city. So, that was how Kano Boys band came about.

Over time, Idris withdrew from the band and became a solo artiste called ‘Nishadi Boy’. Then there were three of us left and after sometime Abba decided to go back to school and so had to quit music. Ibrahim and I continued with the band until when I decided to pursue a career in Journalism and so had to also quit music.

 

As someone who worked as a musician for some years in Kano, how can you describe the reception of the Kano society to hip-hop music?

Hip-Hop music has received incredible reception and support from the people of Kano in recent years. But the artistes still have a long way to go before they can become fully integrated in the Kano Society, and this is due to the proliferation of Hausa Nanaye songs that are threatening the future of Hip Hop music in the state.

Alhamdulillah!  Now with the support of Freedom Radio and people like

Professor Abdallah Uba Adamu of Bayero University, Kano (BUK), rappers in the state are now being recognized, unlike in the past when our rap songs were rarely heard on any of our radio stations.

 

How profitable is being a musician in a society like Kano

Today, music can be lucrative, as many youths are earning livelihood through music. So, if a musician will be able to attract a significant number of fans listening to his songs in Kano alone, which has the highest population in the country, he doesn't have to travel anywhere to make money. What I want to say is that there are large numbers of Kano youths who enjoy listening to our music which means there are a lot of opportunities out there in Kano's music industry.

 

You said being a musician in Kano is lucrative, yet you decided to dump music for journalism. Why?

For me, music was never meant to be a career - It was just a hobby. I engaged myself in it because it brought me joy and self-fulfillment during my school days. So, right from the beginning, I knew that a time will come when I will have to give it up in order to pursue my other goals in life.

As such, when the opportunity came to quit music and pursue my journalistic dream, I took the decision to leave music and focus on my journalism carrier. It was the best decision I ever took in my life and so I have not looked back.

 

Now, what can you say inspired your choice of journalism over music?

Well! I began to develop interest in journalism at an early age by listening to internationally reputable radio stations like the BBC, VOA and DW. So, that was how I began to nurture my interest of becoming a journalist. As such, I began to understand the contributions of the media to the unity and sustainable development of the society. Now, the reason why I chose journalism over music was because I realised that I would contribute more to the development and unity of my country as a journalist.

Adam Alqali

Adam Alqali is an independent journalist whose stories have appeared
on africacheck.org, blueprint.ng andnewsdiaryonline.com. He can be
reached at aalqali@gmail.com