By Rotimi Agbana
In life, you never know the value of what you have until you lose it. This is probably the reason Nigerian highlife musician, Chinedu Izuchukwu Okoli, popularly known as ‘Flavour’, has placed high premium on a blind but uniquely talented young Liberian singer, Semah, whom he met during his visit to Liberia in 2017, at the Liberia Peace Cultural Centre.
In a chat with Showtime, the ‘Ijele’ crooner recounted his experience with the skillful musician. According to Flavour, making music with the blind Liberian singer is an experience that has taught him to be humble.
“I was introduced to Semah through Masterkraft and the traditional Queen Ruler of Liberia, Juli Endee, during my trip to Liberia last year. He performed at the Liberia Peace Cultural Centre. His vocals, intonation and confidence blew me away. Working with him has been incredibly humbling. He is a vibrant young boy, who at a young age was very sure of himself and confident. I admire these qualities in him, which have made it a pleasure to work alongside him on his first E.P. titled ‘Divine’. I haven’t really experienced any challenges working with Semah. He doesn’t allow his visual impairment to hinder him in any way”, he said with enthusiasm.
Though he is a reputable musician of enviable pedigree, Flavour spared no words in expressing excitement and eagerness to work with unique musical talents such as Semah.
“I love working with unique artistes and talents. Semah fits into this category. Music is all about evolving and going beyond the expected creative boundaries. I’m always inspired to work with such great talent”, he said.