K-Merit (Giovanni Torrio) covers CME Magazine
GETTING TO KNOW K-MERIT
Interviewing: Kabir Abodunrin
Song name: Gimme Love
Music Genre/ category : Reggae/Dancehall
Abodunrin Kabir Eniola with the stage name K-Merit (a.k.a John Torrio), has released his official single titled ‘Gimme Love’featuring Jenifa.
The track was Produced by Double Teezie. Gimme love is a reggae call and response song between a male and female lover, a dancehall song which K-Merit decided to show his versatility with lingua prowess. This song is flavored with Jamaican Patois. This song is sure going to blow the mind of the Caribbeans.
K-Merit is a co-founder of the label he flaunts ‘Crystals Media Empire (CME)’, he also defines his genre as ‘UrbFro’ (Urban Afro), because of the modernized element of ‘The Late Fela’ and D’banj in the western music culture. The lyrics is on rap genius, and metro lyrics.
Music is a serious business to me. I am a fan of natural behavior. Art stretched its arms towards me, and I readily seized the opportunity by embracing it. My music knows no borders… My versatility got 2 of my songs accepted by online promoters. Gimme Love was rendered in a Caribbean influenced – Patois. I have never been to any Caribbean states in my life, yet I did justice to a solid evergreen tune. Another of my song is “Call Me John Torrio”, a HipHop/trap infusion flavored with the criminal, historical, cultural sound in tribute to the boss of the renowned Mafia, Alphonse Gabriel ‘ Al Capone’, in the person of Papa Giovanni Torrioana ‘John Torrio”..
Creating awareness of Alter Ego to the pool of fans I am certain to garner, and also a warning to EmCees that I am not in the industry for joke, I am a threat. My multi-Lingua would also take me places. I speak a greater proportion of French, few french too , and two tribal languages (Yoruba and Hausa). I got a refix on the 1998 Franco ever song by the band (Magic System) titled ‘premiere gaou’, and I am planning to have a french version of the reggae song “Gimme Love” as soon as I get a French songstress.
Where I’m from, we smuggle to earn a living. In a nation where border town is deprived of social amenities and industrial development, all that concerns the govt is the customs excise tariffs. I have taken it upon myself to let the world know that we are talented, educated, and exposed, also we don’t take no for an answer. Yes, I am from Idiroko (the Nigeria border to Republic of Benin. Watch me as I unleash talents from my slum. My mother died on an Easter Monday (March 24th 2008).
I have already inked my chest with the inscription “Hail Mary” “Proverbs 3:24” “5 stars”. The Hail Mary represents my mother (Her name was Mariam), Proverbs 3:24 reads ” When you sleep. sleep well, When you rest, rest on” The 3 also represents the third month of the year, (March), the 24 was the date she died. Each stars represents my mothers seed (Me and my other 4 siblings). The stars represents us because I believe we are all glorious. This tattoo makes me put all my angers and grieve into music. Since I am living for a reason. Afro sounds (espcially Nigeria sounds} are being recognized in the world right now. The likes of D’banj, M.I, Don Jazzy, Olamide, Reminisce,Vector, Wizkid, Davido got there wave turned in the international music scene.
Music is a very strict deal.. Unlike many A list artists who bumped into limelight with the genesis of church choir. I was never a choir member. In fact, I started music 34 weeks ago, and the review has been overwhelming. I am a poet, motivational and inspirational speaker. I manage my statement very well in the art of poetry. All I did was to find rhythm to my statements. I think I cheated music while optimizing the speaking talent.
I would love to have 5 minutes alone with…
Internationally, I would love to spend even 2 minutes of my whole entire life with Kanye. He is truly an epitome of artistry. How he mixed family, fashion, music (writing, singing and production), and business together at a time. Locally in Nigeria, I would love to meet 2face Idibia (The Legendary Man).. I need to know how he has been staying relevant in the Nigeria scene for more than a decade now.
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SOURCE: American Pride Magazine