Adewole AgbaraOluwakiibati Sodipe, better known professionally as Off. SA is a British born Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter and producer. He was born on March 26th of 1995 in Hackney, East London to Nigerian parents, speaking, reading and writing Yoruba fluently from as early as the age of 8. Known as a natural poet, his love for literature is evident in his strong use of vocabulary in his wordplay. He made a statement in December 2020 with the Political Rap track of the year ‘World We Know’ and is definitely one to keep an eye on. With so much more to come from this promising all round musician, 2021 will be an interesting year for Off. SA as he looks set to gather momentum.
“Action!’ is Off. SA’s introduction to 2021, a prelude to what we should expect from him this year.
“Everyday’s time I can never get back so I’m always on duty”
This song is a call to action for building upon the plans squandered with last year’s disruptions — the creative and other industries suffering setbacks caused by covid and lockdown — whilst learning to appreciate the time it gave him with things we often take for granted: the gift of life, friends and family.
Off. SA mentions the loss of his mother at the tender age of 10 and pays homage to his Father for taking good care of him and his four siblings at the time whilst grieving her loss. For him, that’s what family is all about: love, support and progression Off. SA produced the beat on an iPad, then reached out to an up and coming videographer for the music video shoot.
“I lost my mum at the age of 10, I found out the cause of death was sepsis after checking her death certificate in 2020. It’s strange that I hadn’t thought to look beforehand, I was 10 when she passed on and at that time so many things were happening and she had been so ill I just put it down to that. My Dad and I didn’t always have the best relationship in my teenage years, but things are different now, we may disagree on certain things but we respect one another. I appreciate him even more so now as a father myself knowing he took on the mantle and raised 5 kids whilst still grieving the tragic loss of his wife. They were happily married, he had always had her there and suddenly he was on his own with 5 children, two of which were teenage girls, me a pre teen lad with anger issues and two younger ones. Looking back on it I have a huge amount of respect and love for him now, I’m sure that without him and his strength I wouldn’t be the man I am today so big up my Father on upholding that title in principle and not just in name.”