…Says “Nigerian music industry is capital intensive”
By Juliet Ebirim
South-East rave of the moment, Hilary Brown popularly known as Slim Brown is not resting on his oars, since he made a come-back last year, after going off the music scene for a while. The artiste returned to the music industry with a couple of songs and videos last year, including major collaborations with Olamide, KCee, Zoro, and most recently a new single Itetago featuring Phyno.
The traditional pop artiste who already has three albums to his credit, just released the video of his new love/wedding song “Nkem”, featuring Rachael Okonkwo, Harry B and other top Nollywood stars.He disclosed that it is the first song he will be doing alone since his comeback.
Sharing his thoughts on the Nigerian music industry, the Oojee Records frontman whose music career is about a decade lamented about the financial struggles most artistes face. “A lot of acts who used to big back in the days are no longer relevant today, not because they don’t make good music, but the music industry has actually changed and is becoming very capital intensive. Before now, if you put out good songs, they will naturally make waves without much effort from you. But presently, when you have a good song, you need huge capital to push it. I had that challenge at some point earlier in my career, where the money you make is not enough to push your songs or put out another music. I had to disappear for a while, about three-four years till I got a label that is pushing my music”.
On his next collaboration, the Itetago crooner said “I think I’ve collaborated a lot. I’ve worked with a lot of artistes, so I’m not focused on collaborations this year. I just want to give my fans the original Slim Brown’s style and music. There might be one or two collaborations later, but for now, I’m just focused on my music and me”.
Fondly known as ‘The Egwu Master’, he began his music career in Makurdi and later moved to the South East when he gained admission to University of Nigeria (UNN) Nsukka to study Laboratory Medicine.