Popular Yoruba actor and filmmaker, Taiwo Hassan popularly known as Ogogo, who has featured in several Yoruba movies and has bagged countless awards, has explained his motive of going into music.
Ogogo, in a recent interview, disclosed that his childhood and background reflect on his present, which is why he went into music. He added that music has been his choice from the scratch, noting that he looks forward to launching his album this weekend.
Ogogo hails from Ilaro in Ogun State and said he has had a flair for chant music right from when he was yonger, but that his father prevented him from showcasing his skills in that area. The actor said he also got fascinated by chants made by masquerades.
"I wouldn’t say something really prompted the idea because this is what I met in my family and Yoruba adage has it that family’s culture circulates from one generation to another. That is why I always pray that people shouldn’t come from a bad family.
“If the originator of the family was an armed robber, it is very obvious that this will be trending in the family forever and that is the meaning of the adage. I was born from a masquerade’s family in Ilaro, Ogun State and my grandparents have turned Muslim as far back as 20th century.
“My father was born in the year 1909 and he named his children according to Islamic rites which means he has accepted the religion for a very long time, but I wasn’t inspired by the Masquerade, I so much love it when people are chanting and this started right from my young age, I didn’t see my dad joining them each time they come to our compound, he do give them money.
“Every Friday, drummers will come to our compound and he will dance with them and give them money, this was how it was being done when his father was alive," Ogogo narrated.