In an industry teeming with innovative beats and contemporary melodies, the resonant voice of Konstance, also known as Constance Temitope Olatunde, stands out. While she’s an artist firmly grounded in the present, her music is deeply tied to the cultural roots of Nigeria, offering a soulful blend of the past and present.
“Music has the power to speak across generations,” Konstance says, reflecting on the essence of her artistry. “It’s not just about making tunes that are catchy today; it’s about creating something that resonates with our heritage and carries that forward.”
Nigeria has a rich tapestry of musical traditions, from Afrobeat to highlife and juju. For Konstance, embracing these styles isn’t about mere nostalgia; it’s an act of cultural preservation. While studying at Lagos State University, she delved deep into Nigerian music history, an experience that permeates her work today.
“I love infusing traditional elements into my music. Whether it’s a talking drum, a local dialect, or a folk tale, it adds a layer of depth and connection,” she explains.
This isn’t mere experimentation but a calculated effort to carry forth the sounds of a nation, ensuring they are neither forgotten nor drowned out by international influences.
In a male-dominated industry, being a female artiste with a focus on cultural preservation is no small feat. Konstance navigates the complexities with grace, acknowledging the extra hurdles while also recognizing her role in a larger narrative. “As a young woman in the music industry, my voice can carry a unique weight. When I incorporate traditional elements, it’s also a nod to the many powerful women in our cultural history who’ve used music as their medium,” she adds.
Her dedication to preserving heritage goes beyond just incorporating traditional instruments or lyrics; it’s about fostering a sense of collective identity through music. “When you hear those traditional rhythms, it’s like a collective heartbeat. That’s something special. It’s a link back to who we are as a people.”
For Konstance, the art of making music is also the art of keeping stories alive, of maintaining a link to a shared past even as she crafts songs for the listeners of today and tomorrow. “Preserving our cultural heritage through music is a responsibility, not just an artistic choice,” she concludes.
In a world racing towards the future, Konstance’s work serves as a harmonious reminder of the roots that sustain us. In her music, the past and present dance in synchrony, promising a future that knows and respects its origins.