Babatunde John Olaniyan, also known as Olababs, a popular Nigerian Gospel juju musician, has released his sophomore studio album titled “Celebration Hymn Medley.”
The 2-track album serves as Olababs second studio album. Being a Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) member for over three decades, Babatunde John Olaniyan grew up listening to and singing lots of hymns in the church which resulted in fascinating love for hymnals.
Speaking further on his interest in Hymns, Olababs says, “I noticed many pentecostal churches nowadays sings little or no hymns at all. These inspired me to do a medley and collections of the inspirational hymns in an African juju percussion groove style considering that hymn reading sessions in churches can sometimes be boring, so we spice it up with the danceable rhythm.”
Ola is a great stage performer, his musical journey started when he performed at naming ceremonies and Praise Nights (church concerts) around Aguda, oke-ira, ifako and its environs [a Lagos suburb]. And he has continued to thrill his audience and fans ever since. His style of music is Gospel Juju.
This sophomore album serves as a follow-up to his debut album released in 2019 titled ”E gbe Ga (Lift Him Up)” and a single “Anu ni Mo bere (it is mercy that I ask for)” which is a track in his latest album.
The gospel juju singer is inspired and influenced by popular Nigerian juju artists such as; Chief Ebenezer Obey and King Sunny Ade. Some of his other favourite artists include Bola Are, Yinka Ayefele, among others.