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“There Is Profit In Scarcity”-Chike Reveals How Fame Has Changed Him

Award-winning Nigerian RnB singer Chike has revealed that fame has made him make a lot of adjustments in his lifestyle. He explained that an artist who is always accessible cannot earn more in the music industry."There Is Profit In Scarcity"-Chike Reveals How Fame Has Influenced His LifestyleThe “Roju” crooner made the revelation with BBC Igbo, revealing how his big break has made him cut down on public appearances.

“There’s only so much you can do about it. I like doing my things myself so fame was a serious adjustment for me. A lot of things I liked to do, I had to quit. You can almost not use the public car wash anymore.

Not that I no longer like these things; I’m comfortable doing them but, in our profession, there’s profit in scarcity.

If people start seeing you everywhere, it then looks as though you’re easily accessible. Continue that way, and your earnings will drop. I like to mingle with people but we can only follow up with what earns us money.

What I’m trying to do is expanding my music audience beyond Nigeria. The western world is important but the East African market matters too. I’ve had a lot of western influence too.”

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Chike also spoke of his music style and how his native dialect has a major impact on his music. Citing an example of Master KG’s “Jerusalema” Chike said that the success of records is more dependent on melody than language.

“I want to believe that Igbo people in Nigeria and those exporting themselves are much. Up until now, I don’t understand what Master KG is saying in “Jerusalema”, and he did a feature with Burna Boy,” he said.

It’s all about the melody. If you’re too conscious about accommodating languages so foreigners can understand, you may end up losing that appeal. I speak Igbo. I can’t blame others for not understanding my native tongue.

Both of my parents are from Onitsha. That way, I had access to the culture and food. It’s unlike an Igbo man who married a northerner for example. For the music, once I include my language and ensure that it flows, that’s okay.

In my next album to come in 2022, I won’t take away the support I got from those who understand my language. It not as if I spoke Igbo a lot in my first. But my mindset is that music is for the world, regardless of where you are”.

In 2020, Chike released “Boo of the Booless” a 14-track album, featuring hit songs such as “Roju”

 

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