Burna Boy Plays A Vital Role in My Career — Space Gabasi Reveals

The fifth edition of our interview sessions with underground artistes in the industry places the Afropop singer known as Space Gabasi in the position to reveal many significant things about his budding career to us at Profiling.

In a two hours conversation with Space Gabasi on Facebook two Saturdays ago, Space names Burna Boy and 2Baba Idibia the major spur that effected his pursuit of a career in music, although his Yoruba parents were fond of playing the oldies sound of Chief Ebenezer Obey and King Sunny Ade.

Space also took his time to explain how he arrived at the stage name he currently personifies. It was at this instance we realized Space Gabasi already debuted with an album a long time ago. Beyond the said album, Space also recently released an EP titled No Time. Below is our session with the Lagos-born Space Gabasi, originally named David:

Welcome to the 5th edition of Hint A View, Space.

Thanks for having me here, boss.

  1. You know, Space. I love your stage name. I try to pronounce “Space” and the idea that forms in my head is the saying that “the sky has enough space for every bird to fly”. How did you come about that name? And you pair it with the name “Gabasi”? How did you come across both names? And what do they mean?

Ok! I got that name from my producer then in the studio while recording a song. We were so many on that song and everyone was trying to get a verse so I jumped in nd told then I needed a space too. Let them allow me do something too and my action that day was funny to them, so they gave me the name “Space”.

You got me rolling with laughter. What a way to get a stage name. It is very interesting. You’ve not mentioned what Gabasi mean though. Is it your surname?

It’s (the title of) my first album and I am still planning something great on that name: Gallant, Blessed and Simple.

  1. You never told me you have an album. Although I’ve only heard one of your songs, Omalicha. It’s currently on repeat at the moment. I will not like to conclude your sound. So can you tell me? Is your sound defined? What kind of sounds do you make?

Yes boss! I started music at a young age but then we didn’t take it seriously. That was when I made an album without going to the studio and I titled it GABASI (Gallant, Blessed and Simple). My sound? I do RnB and Afropop. Like that of Simi, Adekunle Gold, Kizz Daniel, etc. I grew up listening to Obey, Sunny Ade and co. My parents inspired me while playing these older artistes.

  1. Oh! That’s expository. However, I think you sound more like Dotman. I’m talking about what I heard on Omalicha. You do Highlife too. Omalicha is Highlife. Everything you sang on Omalicha is so Dotman. And you are Space Gabasi, he is Dotman Kuraja. While that is interesting, I want to know if you listen to him a lot? It seems he influenced your sound.

(Laughs) Dotman?? No! I listen to songs and I can sing any style too, even Gospel, but what I chose is RnB nd Afropop. (This is) because I found it easier and (more) comfortable. I might sound like him but my style is different.

  1. That is completely noted, Space. And I will like to know what inspired Omalicha. The lady you wrote it for must be so lucky. Cause, come on, you spoke of an everlasting love on that song. While I wanna know what inspires it, I also will like to question your idea of “everlasting love”. Is that real?

Everlasting love is real. If you found the bone of your bone and the flesh of your flesh (laughs). Llke seriously, I just fell in love with the beat and the sound got me singing. I dedicated it to all men in love.

  1. Beautiful. Just beautiful! Before you answer the next question. Please, drop a link to streaming Omalicha so people can stream. Which artiste, in the history of Afropop, has the most influence on your career? And why did you choose to do music?

Burna Boy and 2Face: I love dem so much. And the other question; I didn’t choose music, music chose me. Maybe if producers stop making beats and sounds, (I will stop making music). Music is in me!

  1. Aside from the common difficulty in breaking out that every up and coming artiste faces, what have been your other challenges in music?

My challenge is to ‘blow”. Make my song blow worldwide and I want to feature Burna Boy; it has been my dream. Maybe someone closer to him will help me.

  1. Keep pushing man. It will materialize with persistence. I will like to know the part of the country you are from.

Lagos State, Badagry.

  1. Great! No wonder you were fluent with your Yoruba on Omalicha. There’s been fanbases in Nigerian music since the rise of Wizkid, Davido, Olamide and Burna Boy and each of these fanbases is noted for their rivalry and toxicity even where it is not necessary. If you had any of these fans as yours, what would you have done?

Wow! Yeah! In every way, I dont forget my tribe and language. I always add Yoruba (to my lyrics). And (about) that fanbase; everyone wants to be great in whatever they do; I just believe with time and working harder (things will work as planned).

I think you misinterpreted the question. What would you have done better than Davido, Burna Boy, Wizkid and Olamide if you had a troublesome fanbase like theirs?

I undertand boss! The thing is if you are not there yet, you can’t just judge or say anything until you get to that stage.

  1. I love your diplomacy. What aspect of the Nigerian music do you plan to improve?

I think Afropop! It’s sweet and interesting when you work with good producers.

  1. And lastly, if the fame comes, how often do you think you would release music?

On my side, I think that’s when the real work starts, because now looks like we are doing it for fun but by then, it will be more than fun; so we follow the trend!

Alright. With this, I bring the fifth edition of Hint A View to a close. I look forward to having you here again in the future. Have a wonderful night ahead, Space Gabasi. 💙

Sam George Mac is a music journalist known for the reviews of several music albums and songs. He is a singer and songwriter of Afrobeats, Dancehall, Highlife and RnB with the stage name SGM — a graduate of Mass Communication from The West African Union University, Cotonou.

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