AFRO-SOUL artiste, Rino The Singer, must be an emotionally strong person to survive the rejections he has in his desire to pursue a music career.
In 2016, he auditioned for Vodafone Icons but couldn’t make it to the final list.
Not discouraged, he made another attempt, this time with MTN Hitmaker in 2017 but again, he couldn’t make it beyond the selection stage.
Having missed out on the opportunities a talent reality show would have afforded him, Rino, a graduate of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), decided to take his fate into his own hands and released his first single, I don’t Wanna Know last year but didn’t fly because it did not get a lot of promotion.
It’s a new year and Rino, whose real name is Gilbert Agyekum Boateng, says he intends to take his music more seriously in spite of the disappointment. In a conversation with Showbiz the musician said lack of funds has been a big setback.
“Apart from my job which requires my attention from Monday to Friday, I have been bearing the cost of all my works and that hasn’t been easy.
“For instance, you need money to promote your songs and a team that can look for gigs for you but as it is now, I’m handling everything myself and it hasn’t been easy,” he said.
Despite the challenges, the Accounts Assistant at Graphic Communications Group Ltd said he is here to stay and he is confident his latest effort, a cover of Highlife legend, Kojo Antwi’s hot song, Dadie Anoma will do the trick.
“This is my first cover of a local song because Kojo Antwi is my icon. Even though I’ve had very good reviews so far, there have equally been good suggestions which I intend to apply on my next project,” he said.
He has done covers of Cher’s Believe, Elton John’s Your Song and I Wanna Know What Love Is by Foreigner. Rino The Singer told Showbiz he wants to be identified more by his Ghanaian roots.
“I want to go full length with my music career this year so I will make time to perform at the various Karaoke events and at places like the Piano Bar which I have not had time for because of my busy work schedule,” he stated.