Sexy artist Morachi is back to the music industry, his song Hapuya, Like that was a major hit back then. Onye, another song from his stables also did fairly well. Now, he is back to take his place and move the industry forward.
ENCOMIUM Weekly had a chat with him about his return and what he has on offer…
A lot has taken place since you left, the industry is dominated by the likes of illuminati, big guys. How do you hope to properly fit in?
I am one of the pioneers of the Nigeria music industry. Most of the things artists are enjoying today if not for the type of standard I created with the “Hapuya like that” video. I am the terrain, I don’t believe in illuminati, I believe in hard work. Everybody who got there did that through hard work.
A lot of artists have reinvented. Are we expecting the same Morachi or something new?
I am a revolutionary, I know the industry has changed a lot. I just want to use the media to show the world what I wanted to show them years ago, that they didn’t give me the chance to do.
Morachi was the next big thing ten, eleven years ago. What happened, why didn’t you follow up after your hit song?
After “Hapuya”, there was follow up. A lot of things also happened that my fans are not aware of. There was a lot of politics that turned me to a politician. Then, I was writing songs for people and before you know it, it will blow, the likes of Tuface, Plantation Boiz, Azadus, Remedies were all around then.
I wrote my song, I didn’t have a promo CD, I just had a video and I went to sleep and the song blew. I didn’t know so much about the industry then, it was when my song blew that I realized what was happening in the industry. I tried my type of sound after Hapuya but the industry did not accept it, I tried another one, they didn’t take it as well.
When I released “Onye”, it came so close to a hit but a lot of things happened and it changed everything. I wanted to use a live lion in the video but it didn’t work. There was a lot of rumor about the video later on, the media said I was fetish, that I was an illuminati, they said I put my leg on a live tortoise. They said all sorts of things. I also lost my only sister around that time, they connected the video to her death. There was negative publicity for me then, it sort of killed Onye. I just wanted the media to let me be. Though I needed their key support but it wasn’t coming.
What are you set to do differently now?
I will carry them along in my everyday life. All these years I didn’t bring myself close to my fans. I also want to change the sound in the industry. Nigerian music is number one, I need to make more contributions to push it forward. Also, I have a new management now. The people I have with me are more passionate about my career than I am. I am also going to change the industry, we don’t have royalties, we don’t have structures, everything needs to be put in place. I thank God that our artists are not hungry. We have artists who are building houses and buying cars.
Do you think you have what it takes to face the industry now, because a whole lot of things have taken place in the industry?
I get the ginger and I am back on it. I see no competition. In fact, I never had one. There will always be one Morachi. I love the young artists and what they do, it is beautiful. I will also do what I am doing, with the new sound that I am bringing. You will see that I am still very much young. Any other thing fit beat me but for music, Hapuya like that.
Tell us about your new songs?
I have never let me go and on my grind. They are lovely songs, feel good songs. The young and the old can listen to it. It is a clean song with no vulgar lyrics, even parents can encourage their children to listen to it.
- SHADE WESLEY-METIBOGUN