Nigerian singer Esegine Orezi Allen, better known as Orezi, has revealed how Banky W, Wizkid, Timaya, Davido and others helped his music career.
The ‘Shoki’ crooner, who is set to celebrate his 10-year in the industry, narrated the contributions of some of his colleagues to his career on Instagram.
The multiple award-winning singer explained how Banky W’s tweet led to his big break in the industry.
“Shout out to Banky W (I know you’ll not remember this), in 2013 when I released my song ‘Rihanna’, people naturally gravitated towards the jam, and the tweet from Banky W changed everything, it changed my life. As at that time I was just a struggling artiste.
“I didn’t have money to shoot the video, it took me like eight months, when the video came out it changed my life,” Orezi added.
Speaking on the role Wizkid played, he said:
“To get Wizkid to feature on ‘Ogede’ wasn’t easy, I was in Wizkid’s house for two days, I slept on his couch for two days, leaving all my big boy outside. We did two songs, after we did ‘You Garrit Remix’, we now recorded ‘Ogede’. Smash hit… shout out to Wizkid.”
On how he met Timaya, Orezi said that he initially thought Timaya was going to be stern, he, however, noted that they had an instant connection when they eventually met.
“Timaya, that’s my big bro, you are an awesome human being, you’re a great guy. Timaya didn’t know me; before I met Timaya, I used to think of him differently, but when I met him, he asked ‘Na you be Orezi’ and we just connected. Great guy, we recorded the song, did the video, no stress. Timaya came, Wizkid came. God bless you guys.”
Speaking on Davido’s impact on his career, Orezi wrote,
“I was supposed to sign a deal with Davido’s former record label, HKN, and I’ve been reaching out to him. On seeing Davido one day, he just gave me his Blackberry Porsche phone because my phone wasn’t presentable; the phone he gave me was sold for about N400k then. As a street boy, I held the phone, made a few calls to asked the worth of its second hand and I sold the phone for about 240k, bought another phone worth 100k and held the remaining 140k. Thank you for coming thru for me Davido, you are a blessing to the industry.”
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