Popular Nigerian female musician, Seyi Shay, has hinted that females in Nigerian music industry are not united.
The outspoken singer made this known in an exclusive interview with on air personality Douglas Jekan on Beat FM’s The Night Show With Douglas.
“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 I was signed to an international record label.”
Seyi’s career spans over a decade as she started professionally at the age of 14. She actually began at her school choir, at the London Community Gospel Choir. She and her group then went on a 13city tour of Japan. She has since found her ropes since returning to test the Nigerian waters.
“She was my all,” she says of her mum thanking her for her support in her early years as she grew up without her father. She credits her for her encouraging her to return to Nigeria.
“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 ma 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 holds Tuface, Sound Sultan and Cecil Hammond in high esteem for her entry into the Nigerian music industry.
When asked who her main competition in the industry is she says she can’t answer as she sees nobody in that light.
With Douglas Jekan’s persistence, Seyi 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.
Speaking on her album, Out Of Africa, which is scheduled to drop in November, 2015, she says, “The album will contain songs never been heard before and I really can’t wait.”
She also describes her performance with Neyo at the 2015 MAMAs as ‘exhilarating’ and ‘out of this world’;adding that it helped boost her image as a singer based on the fact of the performance being televised in America and all over the world.
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 that she relates more with guys in the industry, she attributes it to her having a bit of a Tomboy nature. However, regardless of her opinion, she has yet-to-be-released collabos with Yemi Alade, Emma Nyra and Victoria Kimani.