Ezi Emela: Music Runs In My Family
22-YEAR-OLD UK-BORN NIGERIAN SINGER, EZI EMELA IS RETURNING TO NIGERIA TO GROW HER CRAFT AND BRAND LIKE SEVERAL OTHER CO-TRAVELLERS. THE PRETTY SONGSTRESS TALKS TO LANRE ODUKOYA ABOUT HER CAREER, LIFE AND VISION
It is my passion. Music is what makes me feel happy.
Apart from passion, what about the financial gains?
Obviously people want to make money, but there are people that do it because they love it and they want people to hear their songs. I’m not trying to say I don’t want to make money, I do want to make money but it’s more of passion.
How did your family react to your music career?
Great! In fact, my whole family does music - from my parent to my four siblings. I have always been singing in the choir. I know with that, I could be what I want to be for long; I’m determined. So, August 2012, I went professional with the release of my first single titled Catch My Heart.
How many singles do you have now?
I have three singles at the moment; Catch My Heart, Secret Lover and Feeling Good. The ones I’m pushing right now mainly are Feeling Good and Secret Lovers. I just featured Skales of EME in the video of Secret Lovers.
You were born in the UK and you have opportunity to push your songs there. Why did you come home?
The reason I am coming back here is because I believe in Nigeria and I feel comfortable now with what I’m seeing. I believe by the time I return fully - because I’m in my final year in school - the sky will be the beginning for me to fly. Also, I love African music. I could stay in the UK and do music but I enjoy African music more; that’s why you’ll see a touch of Afro in my song.
Have you performed with some big Nigerian acts?
I’ve done quite a few shows with some of the big African artistes including Wande Coal, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, P-Sqaure, Chocolate City and a lot of them already. So I’m just hoping to do more big show with others. I’m also going to feature them in my next singles.
What other things do you do aside music?
I’m in my final year at London Southbank University where I’m studying Business and Marketing. I also model for three years before I stopped modeling to do music but its still something I like to do, may be in the future. As a model, I was involved in campaigns for the likes of Chanel, GAP, London Fashion Week, Arise Magazine Fashion Week (Nigeria) and many more.