We had the good fortune of connecting with King Ibu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi King, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“It is not over until the fat lady sings last song.” Yeah this is my favorite quote as it means never quit. Challenges will arise, there will be a lot of people and venues that will say no, but with faith in my art and myself, there is no stopping. Regardless of the obstacles, I believe firmly that in due time things will happen.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The genre of music I play is mostly called world music. My style is more based on West African traditional music. I then introduce a worldly flavor to bridge the gap. It is very important to me to use music as a means of communication. I am most excited about the opportunity to go on a journey with the audiences on a boat of languages and rhythms so exotic yet familiar. Being an independent artist is never easy but my belief in this gift from God allows me to be more patient and hopeful.
I have learned to be patient and not compromise to the point I do not recognize myself. I have learned also to be open to other styles of music. I have been dubbed at times “the smiles ambassador” as I bring joy to people through my music. As I continue to create unforgettable memories with a unique soundtrack, I would like to be remembered as a joy giver.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Definitely go on a few hikes around here. First hike will be one of the trails at Mount Charleston and the second to Red Rock Canyon. And of course the strip… you cannot come to Vegas without checking out the casinos. There a few vegan restaurants around town that are worth checking out.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My supporters deserve so much credit. As you can see, I never call them fans… because they are absolutely why I keep working hard. The feedback and the encouragements I get from my supporters are the fuel to my career. They come to my shows in person or virtually. They refer booking agents and venues to me and share my music. I will forever be grateful to my supporters.