29 July 2012

Nigeria: My Passion for Music Made Me a Performer - Chykay


Music is something almost everybody loves in life, but not all can be musicians. It is something that comes with passion; this is the case of the Nigerian artiste, Chike Agade, a.k.a. Chykay. Born into a family of music, he had his degree in Business administration and Masters in management. However, his passion for music made him go into entertainment. He spoke to  Naomi Adamu and Chibunma Ukwu  .

How did you get to know that you would be a musician?

My dad is Harry Mosco, he was the first Nigerian to open a digital recording studio In Nigeria. He was a music pioneer and did music in the times of Sunny Ade, Onyeka Onwenu, Late Christy Essien-Igbokwe .

So I grew up in a house that was filled with music, studio was in our house so you wake up in the morning, it is music that you hear, when you are back from school, it is music. That was how it kept on till music became a part of me.

What is the big song that you have produced so far?

There was this single I did with Whizboy, it's called 'Ohima'. It means Queen in Ashanti. It just came about when I and whizboy went into the studio, we were trying to mix different sounds, I am an R & B singer but whizboy is into highlife so we were trying to blend and merge both of them together and it came out quite successful, in that we had not pushed it yet it has gone far.

People call me on phone even from Cameroun that they heard my song and I am quite amazed. The other time, at the Tu- Face show in Transcorp Hilton, I was called to feature and I was shocked because I did not prepare for it, I never knew of the programme, the organisers just happened to know that I was in town and that was how I got called up. Apart from that, I have also done couple of other songs; in fact, I have recorded over 50 songs although I am yet to push any of them.

Which of your songs brought you to limelight?

It is 'Ohima' and another song that I did, it is called 'drama'. Those were the songs that brought me to limelight.

How did you enter into entertainment world?

When I came to Nigeria in 2008, a friend organised an album launch. The show also had celebrities on the runway. Also, I was privileged to encounter Banky W. He looked at me and asked when did you get into town, I was shocked because I never featured in person in Nigeria.

When I was abroad, I used to do songs and put them up on the internet. I did not know that people were actually listening to them including leading artistes so they put me up in a show and I performed. That was how I started.

Were your parents supportive of you being a musician?

Actually, my father was. He was already a musician and wanted me to follow his footsteps but my mother was not so much keen on my being a musician. She wanted me to become a business man. This became tough and challenging for me but I thank God I managed to pull through and somehow please both of them.

What are you working on right now?

I am working on an album presently and I hope to have them published before the end of the year.

So far, how have the challenges been?

The music industry is very versatile and because of the different sounds, I have to merge my sounds with what Nigerians would like. It has been difficult but we keep learning. Music is something that once you get it, you have got it.

Another challenge is the state of piracy in the Nigerian music industry but we hope that with the new body that we have, we might be able to tackle it. It is not something that one person would tackle as the pirate market in Nigeria has grown over the years and become heavy thus, the only effective way to bring it down is by forming various organisations that will effectively reduce the rate of piracy.

Who is your role model?

In the Nigerian music industry, it is Tu- Face. He is talented and he's quite a humble fellow. He is the biggest artiste in Africa but he acts as if he does not know. He is too humble.

So what do you like in Music?

Music is life. Without music, there is no love. When you go for a party and there is no music, you will see that the background is noisy with people's chattering but the moment music comes on, you can still hear people chattering but it will be with life.

The atmosphere will become fun and lively. That is the effect of music. Music is just beautiful and the way it is created even heightens my respect and love for it.

What do you think of the Nigerian Music industry?

The Nigerian music industry is growing quite remarkably. I recently saw a video of P-Square featuring Re-cross who is an international/ American rapper. I was happy because it means that the Nigerian Music industry is growing and we are crossing over to the international market as we have already covered Africa.

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