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My late mother advised me to relocate to Nigeria –Seyi Shay

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My late mother advised me to relocate to Nigeria –Seyi Shay

With a measure of fame and fortune today, delectable singer, Seyi Shay, has urged Nigerian singers to fully embrace and not struggle with their identity anymore. According to her, this is on account of the the wave being enjoyed by Afrobeat, the new sound from this part of the world influenced by Fela’s Afrobeat. Speaking during an interview on BBC Africa’s What’s New? Seyi Shay said the global interest in the music genre did not come to her as totally surprising.

“I just feel like it was just a matter of time before what is happening now with Afrobeat happened. “We don’t even have to struggle with our identity anymore because the whole world is on the Afrobeat wave,” the “Yolo Yolo” singer said. While admitting that she’s still experimenting with different music genres, the “Irawo” singer said giving up is not an option even as difficult as making music in Nigeria is.

“I continue to do music, as hard as it is to be an independent musician in Nigeria and Africa,” she said before adding: “It’s hard. I wanted to give up so many times especially because it has been so long. When I think about my mum, I can’t give up. And I love it. She was right.

The wave is big now and I am part of the people flying the flag for Afrobeats, globally.” Focusing more on the influential role her late mother played towards her decision to relocate to Lagos from London for the purpose of a shot at a career in music, she said: “Before my mum died some years ago, she said to me: ‘Seyi, this music that you are doing here in London is nice, it’s good but it’s going to be hard for you.

Why don’t you go home to Nigeria and do music. “I think that’s really where you’re going to become something. And I said: No Mum. What am I going to Nigeria to do? “I didn’t really think about doing music in Nigeria at that time, but she was right. I flew out to Nigeria, teamed up with the right, influential people in the music industry.”

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