By Ayo Onikoyi
Long-standing couple and music duo, Tunde and Wunmi Obe, popularly known as T.W.O have given their opinion concerning the never-ending feud and drama between artistes and their record labels, sharing their own experience with many upcoming music acts.
They made it clear that the reason for many squabbles in the music industry today is because many new generation artistes prefer money to grooming or mentorship.
Tunde revealed that many young and talented artists in Nigeria don’t want to borrow your brain or pick your head, they just want to be famous without going through the rudiments of being famous.
“We have always supported young talents and we will continue to do so. We give free studio sessions, help with music videos, pay for promotions and even feature some on our albums. The challenge is that those little efforts are usually not enough to make an artiste ‘blow’ but that is what most new generation artistes want. They just want quick fix believing that they will ‘blow’ afterwards. There is a place for grooming and mentorship, serving and paying your dues. In doing this, you get to learn the rope of the business and industry while also attracting all the support you need”, he said.
He further explained that when you eventually help some by giving them money, they respect you for only a period of time, after then, they begin to misbehave and that’s why there’s the issue of record labels and artists having bad blood.
T.W.O have been on stage as a music group for over 30 years. In many quarters, they are regarded as Nigeria’s longest standing music group.
The duo was speaking at a press conference which held at Protea Hotel in Ikeja in celebration of their achievements as a couple and music group. The highlight of the event included the 50th birthday celebration of Tunde Obe, the group’s 30 years on stage and 20 years as a happily married couple.