Rokan Adekola (b. 1967) popularly known as King Rokan is a US-based Nigerian songwriter, recording artiste and performer. His music is a contemporary mix of Afro-juju, Fuji and Gospel Highlife with a soulful touch of traditional Yoruba rhythm. His songs are mostly in his Yoruba mother tongue and inspired by the desire to uplift and promote the rich indigenous culture of Africa.
He has performed at very important events around the world including; the opening ceremony of the 1996 Olympics and black history month. He has entertained three presidents; President Bill Clinton at the White House in 1993 with Bolu and the Roots of African Percussion and two former Nigerian presidents; Gen. Abdusalemi Abubakar in Washington DC and President Olusegun Obasanjo in Ohio. He performed live at the grand opening of Animal Kingdom in Disney world Orlando Florida.
Born in Iboropa Akoko in Ondo State, South West of Nigeria to the Adekola Royal Family, King Rokan attended St Mark’s Primary School Iboropa Akoko and Fadeyi Primary School 3 where he completed his primary education and moved on to Birch Freeman High School in Lagos for his secondary education. Because of his passion for music, he enrolled in His Grace School of Music, Lagos where he became a full time percussionist.
Loosing his parents at the tender age of 10, at 12 years old he was determined to work hard and be successful.
King Rokan became the choir master of Eternal Order of Cherubim & Seraphim Church, Alpha ET Omega Ilasamaja in 1983. In 1986 he moved to the branch at Esuola Okota as music director.
In 1994 relocated to Atlanta where he started the band King Rokan & The Royal Crew in 1997 and was the first Nigerian to start a live band in Atlanta. In 2001, when he released “Rock On”; he scored another first as the first Nigerian artiste to release an album and a video the same day in America. “Showtime” followed in 2003, “4GveDem” in 2005, “Thank U God” in 2008 and “Oba Tide” in 2010 which was produced by Yinka Ayefele and Puffy Tee.
As a promoter and music entrepreneur, King Rokan started Rokan Entertainment, a music promotion and artiste management outfit. On this platform, he has worked with and promoted Late DR Sikiru Ayinde Barrister- , Gen. Kollington Ayinla,Sir Shina Peters, Obesere, Adewale Ayuba, Yinka Ayefele, Just to mention few including K1 D Ultimate(King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall) who gave him the title of Oluaye of Georgia in 2002.
King Rokan's eclectic style has given him the opportunity to perform in over 30 states in America and in summer of 2010 he took his music to Canada and London UK where his fans still call for more sounds of DKING. In 2011, King Rokan recieved awards from the Nigerian Promoters Association Awards and ABEDORC Canada ; featured African Megastar 2face Idibia in smash hit "Magbagbe" No forget produced by Femi Ojetunde. After a successful album launch(OBATIDE) that took place in Lagos Nigeria , the music video for MAGBAGE will be premiering in 2012.
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“ORI”– is a song about thanking God for everything he has done. It’s a victory song, conveying a message of hope and strength for one to always follow their dreams and pursue their goals.
“ORI” was produced by legendary Nigerian producer Puffy Tee, who created Yahoozee-Olu Maintain and Lori Le by Xproject. The video was directed by DJ Tee and RMG(Ayo Shonnaiya) and featured Seinde Jo.
MAGBAGBE PROMO VIDEO
Interview on Afripolitan Experience
King Rokan Over the years
United Yoruba International 10 year Anniversary (Oklahoma City):
King Rokan Live in Chicago
Live at Nigerian Promoters Association Farewell Party (Houston,TX):
Live performance at a Party (Atlanta, GA):
“OBA TIDE”: (Produced By Yinka Ayefele):
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