Singer, Kelvin Obinna Kenneth, popularly known as Waconzy rose to fame with his hit single, “I Celebrate” in 2010. James Silas interviewed him recently for Thisday Newspaper… Here is the excerpt.
Your music career made a fast rise when your song, “I Celebrate” hit the Lagos music scene in 2010; so when did you realize that you had broken into the mainstream?
Frankly speaking, I didn’t realize that I had broken into the mainstream early enough because I was very busy promoting my songs at that time. I felt I had a lot more work to do. I didn’t even know that my song had already started trending worldwide. Maybe because I was far away in Port Harcourt. I started performing outside the country from the following year (2011) and I was amazed to see the large number of People that came out for my concert. That was when I realized that my hard work had started paying off.
You marked your 31st birthday recently and, you mentioned that your second album was your favourite. Why would you pick your second album over the first that actually made you?
My second album ‘MONEY BACK GUARANTEE’ to me, is my best Afrobeat album of all time. The album (produced by Chimaga) took me about two years to finalize. I think the album also shows my unlimited abilities as a versatile artist. Am sure when generations to come play that album, it will still sound as fresh as today. The album is classic and matured.
You have taken up some charity projects in recent time; tell us about them and what inspired the move?
What is the essence of riches when you can’t help others? Even the good book urges us to give to the poor, moreover, there are a lot of blessings attached to it. Like the saying goes “Givers never lack”. For me, it’s also an opportunity to make myself happy because when I see people happy, it gives me great joy.
I currently have lots of primary school pupils all over Nigeria on my scholarship. In the past, my Silver Spoon Foundation fed over one thousand destitute in a day. Last year we kicked off the Waconzy versus Malaria campaign, with the aim of eradicating malaria in Nigeria. We are also using this medium to call on Nigerians to partner with us so we can touch more lives and make Nigeria a better place.
You also mentioned that you recorded a song with Timaya, but didn’t release it. Why?
After recording the song we both thought it didn’t have the complete ingredients we needed so we decided to scrap it.
A few entertainers like Julius Agwu and 9ice have declared their intentions to run for office in 2015, what do you think about that?
If they feel they have all it takes to be leaders, then I wish them good luck
Do you see yourself going into politics in the near future?
Yes I do and I will, because Politics is for people like myself.
What is your definition of good music?
For me, good music is the end product of every good and creative musician. Good music is music with great content and instrumentation. Every good music should solve a problem. It’s either it solves the problem of people who want to dance, people who want to praise God, people who need to be inspired or whatever. It just needs to talk to someone. It needs to pass some sort of message to the listeners and of course there must be a sweet relationship between the instrumentation, lyrics and melody. Everything must flow in one accord. Good music is life.
How have you been dealing with the recent outbreak of Ebola in the country?
All I want to say is that everybody should remain in prayers because these are the signs. We all live by the grace of God. If you’re scared of Ebola, Boko Haram, armed robbers, H.I.V, Plane crash, road accidents, Cancer and so on, how would you live? Washing your hands regularly with sanitizers is a great way to prevent Ebola.
Do you think the Ebola outbreak will affect the entertainment business in Nigeria?
Yes, it will affect the entertainers negatively if not managed properly. When we had the militancy problems in Port Harcourt, the entertainment industry in Port Harcourt was virtually shut down because people were scared to come out. If the fans are scared to come out and socialize, how can the musicians entertain them and get paid?
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight of my career has been my ascension from a musician to a public figure.
Looking back at your past life, if you had to do one thing differently, what would it be?
I wouldn’t have sold for cheap at the beginning of my career. I would not have made random decisions without proper thoughts and finally I should have put myself in the position that everybody can easily relate with.
How did you spend your birthday this year?
This year I spent my birthday in the presence of the father, the son and the Holy Ghost at the redeemed Christian church of God camp Lagos with my pastor Adeola and the General overseer Pastor E.A Adeboye. It was a day for me to reflect on my life and thank my father, my creator for the journey so far. It was a blissful day.
Tell us about your “Ekpo” dance competition; why is it taking too long to come up with a winner?
“Ekpoh” is the name of my new single. As part of the promotions, I and my Dv8 team decided to positively impact the society by giving away cash prizes to five lucky fans who can perform the perfect ‘Ekpoh Dance’. The winners will now be announced on October 1st.
ONE ON ONE WITH WACONZY