After several years of reigning as king of highlife music in Nigeria at a time when highlife was the in thing in music, highlife music maestro, Sir Victor Uwaifo, continues to pull clout even though most of his contemporaries have waned with the dynamism characteristic of the Nigerian music industry.
With a wealthy pedigree and a master in the music game, Victor Uwaifo seizes every opportunity to advise the young generation of artiste irrespective of how they receive it.
In a chat with Showtime, the highlife music maestro spoke about the lifestyle, quality and kind of music churned out today by young Nigerian music acts.
“I’ve always said it that if I had lived in this time or if I were born into this age, probably I would behave like them. They are living the time, implied acts of their existence; in my time, I lived according to the implied acts of my existence, but then if I were born into this age, I would have been able to strike a balance between the past and the present; because you have to draw from the past to advance the cause of the future”, he said.
I didn’t pay 2face, 9ice to feature on my songs, Demmie Vee declares
After three successful singles, out of which two were collaborative efforts with afro-pop king, 2face Idibia, and self acclaimed ‘ancestor’, 9ice, fast rising afro-pop singer, Awotungase Ademola Sodiq, better known as ‘Demmie Vee’, is poised to affirm himself on the Nigerian music space as an artiste of class and style.
Contrary to rumours making the rounds, the budding singer who is currently shooting the video of his reigning hit song, ‘Figure Eight’, explained to Showtime in a chat concerning how he was able to get two music heavyweights, 2face, to jump on his first single ‘Awesome God’, and 9ice to feature on his second single, ‘Love me Tender’.
“I don’t pay for collaborations; if you look at my grooming or the way I’m going in the music industry, you will understand that it takes people who are deep or who see beyond the present to understand how I’m being groomed. I didn’t pay 9ice or 2baba for collaborations; they listened to my songs, fell in love with them and blessed me with collaborations. 2baba listened to over twenty of my songs and he was even the one that said “O boy, you be my successor o; e just be like say na my mama born you.
Anything you talk na wetin I go fit talk too even as I dey hear this beat”, that was how I got a collaboration with him”, he said.