Up Close and Candid with Korede Bello

Rising star, singer and songwriter, Korede Bello is not only turning out to be an African pop sensation but blazing the fashion trail as style icon as well. The Woodin Team caught up with the ever-cute and oh-so-innocent girl magnet to pick a bit of his brain on the significance of his music career and the journey thus far. We also gleaned some candid insight about fashion and his ever-evolving style and a tad bit about exactly why the African girls can’t get enough of him.

Woodin:

So some call you African Prince, we’ve also seen “#DoroFine” and “#DoroFresh” and my personal favourite, “#DoroSuperMegaStar”…So, who is Korede Bello?

KB:

I’m an artiste, singer-song writer. Music is my passion, It’s my medium of expression. I love the process of creating music, it’s like conceiving life. I’m a patriot and I’m proud of my continent.

Woodin:

Your music is as versatile as our brand. Your own hits have been a fusion of soul, pop music and some classical r and b tunes and most recently your collaboration with Seyi Shay and Kola Soul has a bit of funky island vibe. How would you describe your genre of music and when did it all begin for you?

KB:

My musical career started, professionally, a few years ago, but I’ve always been directly or indirectly involved in music. I call it “sweet Music”. I like to mix indigenous African rhythms with pop sounds but the idea of my style is not the sound of the music but the reaction to the music.

 

Woodin:

Sweet music. It’s almost an extension of your persona, if I must say. How has your music impacted you and, where do you draw daily inspiration from?

 

KB:

Music has changed every aspect of my life; mentally, physically, spiritually. I can say that it has given a lot of exposure and of course, made me an ambassador for the prominent African fashion brand WOODIN . I write my own music. A lot of people inspire me musically and personally as well . Surprisingly! Majority of the people that inspire me are everyday people that are optimistic, hopeful and thank God for each day.

 

 

Woodin:

Let’s delve a bit into the art of fashion. What’s your take on it and how do you get inspiration for your clothes and style.

KB:

Fashion to me is simplicity. I also like to express my love for my culture through fashion especially with my WOODIN fabric. Ultimately, GOD, because most of the time it’s effortless and just comes to me. But fashion wise, whenever I look at my Woodin fabric, a lot of ideas just start popping up in my head about different ways to come up with a really cool outfit.

 

Woodin:

At the launch of Woodin’s flagship store in Lagos, we had some inkling into your creativity. That  was very unique and we had a lot of comments about that particular outfit from our audiences.  What would you say is your ultimate style tip for everyone who wants to join the Woodin Nation?

 

KB:

For all the people that have joined and all that want to join the WOODIN  Nation, trust me there are loads of really cool Woodin fabrics that you can use to make awesome outfits. First, you have to visit one the stores across Africa and find something creative, African, confident and versatile that suits your style. Woodin fabrics can be used to make so many trendsetting styles, and because of its youthful appeal, it represents the modern African youth.

 

Woodin: 

If we were to walk into your closet this very moment, what are some key things we would find?

 

KB:

If you look into my wardrobe, first thing you’ll see is a lot of Woodin fabrics and Woodin shirts, jeans then you’ll definitely find perfumes, my accessories; rings, watches, etc.

 

Woodin:

How do you perceive the Woodin brand   and what can we expect from you regarding this new collaboration with the brand?

KB:

The Woodin brand to me, reflects the modern African lifestyle. The variety of styles available makes it accessible to both  guys and girls, as well as men and women. The Woodin brand is a youthful brand. Not long ago, my fans and I paid a visit to the Woodin store in Ikeja City Mall and later on that day, we saw a movie together courtesy of Woodin. So, expect more of fan engagements like this often.

 

Woodin:

And, what would you say are some of your favourite Woodin fabrics?

 

KB:

I love all of them but if I was forced to choose, it’ll probably be Harmonie de Woodin, Ambition de Woodin, Afrik de Woodin, and Success de Woodin. They have really cool patterns on them.

 

 

Woodin:

The confidence and faith you have for your brand is admirable. The future can only hold bright prospects for you Korede. How do you envision the next 10 years?

 

KB:

Only God knows, but I’m hopeful that I’ll be MEGA!!! By His grace, I would be acknowledged worldwide as a viable global brand.