Seyi Shay had an exclusive interview August, 26; and she was as outspoken as ever. She explained, among other things, that there’s not enough unity among the female artistes in Nigeria today.
She was on a Google Hang Out at urban Lagos radio station, Beat FM, where she had a lengthy chat with On Air Person, Douglas Jekan.
“Murda is probably my biggest song till date in the sense of where the song has reached even without any professional push,” she began.
“It just blew on its own and [subsequently] I was signed to an international record label.”
Her career spans over a decade, and she’s steadily climbed the ladders since returning to Nigeria to test the waters.
Shay started professionally at the age of 14, and she began at her school choir, at the London Community Gospel Choir. She and her group then went on a 13city tour of Japan.
The singer who didn’t grow up with her father has her mum to thank for a lot of support in her early years.
“She was my all,” she says.
Her mother had told her in those early years that she’d be a big star, but would first have to return to Nigeria for things to materialize.
“Looking back these days it feels scary,” the singer says.
“She blessed me. She saw me in Nigeria.
“Just go. Just do it. Do it with all your heart, your might. And I’m like Mom, I’m o see you in the morning, and that’s it. That’s the last time I saw her,”Shay said.
Emotionally it was for draining for her. “She was my everything,” she adds.
The singer credits Tuface, Sound Sultan and Cecil Hammond for her entry into the Nigerian music circle.
When asked who her main competition in the industry is she says she can’t answer as she sees nobody in that light.
But Douglas Jekan persists and she answers: “You want me to say Tiwa Savage but I won’t. Cuz you know why? I came in with the mentality of ‘I’m coming in to eat, make a difference; I’m coming in to be a bad bxxtch, to take my piece of the pie, so I really didn’t see competition.”
The singer explained, as well, that she had initially ignored the hit song Murda for six months as she initially felt it wasn’t going to be a hit, nor be played in the clubs.
Her previous single No Lele is an interesting piece of work, but the singer doesn’t speak so highly of it. Quite funny. Perhaps an indication of her creative strength?
Her album Out Of Africa is scheduled to drop in November, 2015; and she says the momentum is already building. “The album will contain songs never been heard before and I really can’t wait,” she says.
She also describes her performance with Neyo at the 2015 MAMAs as ‘exhilarating’ and ‘out of this world’; stressing that the fact of the performance being shown in America and all over the world helped boost her image as a singer.
Her response on talks of possible female collaborations was “I really dunno. I wish all the female in the industry were more united [because really] who are we lying to?” As though implying there’s really no love lost between some female artistes in the industry.
She however holds Omawunmi, Efya and Beyonce in high esteem; crediting all three for either of talent and/ or work ethics.
Speaking further on relationship with other females in the industry, she says; “Girls generally have always had a problem with each other worldwide…
“I don’t understand the psychology behind it,” she says.
Given she relates more with guys in the industry she attributes it to her having a bit of a Tomboy nature. This regardless, she is on a soon-to-be-released song with Yemi Alade, Emma Nyra and Victoria Kimani.