Meet Folasheva, Lawyer and World Music Prodigy
Folarin Ayeni aka ‘Folasheva’ is a Nigerian World Artiste and Producer. His genre of music is ‘Universal’ combining a fusion of everything; from catchy hooks, quirky verses, and deep lyrics. His passion for music started when he did covers of popular songs with the piano at the age of 15; he uploaded these videos on YouTube and amassed a good number of subscribers and views. Folasheva attended Grace Schools where he completed both Primary and Secondary education, before moving to the United Kingdom for his university education. He has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wales, Swansea and a Master of Laws from the University of Cardiff.
In high school, Folasheva was top midfielder for his school team. The name FOLA’SHÉVÂ’ was derived from the name of his childhood football hero Andriy Shevchenko. While in the university, he was actively into music production and an On-Air Personality for his school’s radio station. It was then he nurtured some well-garnered skills and gained enough knowledge for a good foundation on the pursuit of his first love, music.
After graduating from Law school, Folasheva decided to take his music career further by becoming a recording artiste under the new indie Mavrik Music. After taking a break to focus on his Law studies, he released a couple of singles in collaboration with Mich Straaw and Oz, members of his collective ‘Mavrik Music’ in 2016. A year later, he released ‘Made em Proud’ a tribute to all artiste who paved the way for the hip hop music genre in Nigeria.
In late November 2018, he released his debut album ‘When The World Turn Story’ (WTWTS). In the album, Folasheva’s versatility shows through diﬀerent genres and his lyrical prowess as a rapper, singer, producer and all-around creative. He featured talented artistes like Maka, Mich Straaw, Oz, Kubunu, and James Mavrik on this project, and released ‘Confessions’ and ‘Breathe’ the same year. He has performed on the same stage alongside A list Nigerian and international artistes at major music shows such as Gidi Culture Fest, Uber Live, Kraks TV Concert, etc.
His latest single ‘Better Know’ was released in March 2019, and he is currently working on new content with the likes of Ice Prince Zamani, Jesse Jagz, Ajebutter 22, Ozone, LeriQ, etc. towards his upcoming EP project titled “Heart Of Gold” and mixtape titled “Shots | Lime | Rocks” (SLR) with Ozbeazy & super producer ShadyBizniz. When off the stage, Folasheva is on his legal robes as a practicing legal practitioner and a full-on Tottenham Supporter in the English Premier League and AC Milan in Italia Serie.