Peace With All Men Through Music… The Harrysong Philosophy
For singer, Harrison Tare Okiri, well known as Harrysong or Mr. Songz, “making peace with yourself begins with your ability to face your truth.”
This was his statement as finally made peace with his former label mate, Kcee and boss, E-money, at his album listening party. According to him he had to make peace because “it begins your ability to face your truth and you can never bite a finger that fed you my people…let love lead.”
With peace accord, the Reggae Blues crooner put the past in its place and reunites with his former team after months of malice.
“I had a great time at my listening party and it gave me time to reflect as I watched my young bro Skiibii perform his hit song Sensima. My journey will never be complete without Kcee and E-money; you were part of the vessels that God used to change my story. I appreciate you both, I was hurt and reacted at the time but regardless of what happened, I recognise the impact you made in my life.”
The singer had throughout 2018, preached and promoted peace in the oil Niger Delta region. In March 2018, he reunited with Ossai Ovie an aide to the Delta state governor on media, after falling-out with him on the social media.
In Asaba, Delta state, the Arabanko master wept openly on the stage following the love showed to him by fans and the people of the state at the maiden edition of what he called ‘Harrysong Peace Concert Live in Delta’. He stormed the capital city with more than 15 hip-hop stars that flew in from Lagos to support him.
For the first time, the people of the troubled Niger Delta region switched their attention to good music brought to them courtesy of the kingmaker. They all danced and savoured every minute of their stay inside the Dome Event centre, on Okpanam road.
The show, according to Harrysong, was aimed at preaching peace in the region following the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers, which have ravaged the area for months. True to him, there was never a dull moment as all the acts that performed at the event, which lasted for more than eight hours, came with the same mindset.
Born in Warri to Ijaw parents, he started his music career at age 11, as a congarist in the church where his mother served as the music director before he went on to learn contemporary gospel music.
In 2007, he moved to Lagos, where he became the lead singer of a live band that performs in nightclubs. In 2012, he got signed to QuestionMark Entertainment. He met Kcee, who introduced him to top music personalities. He later got signed thereafter signed to E-money’s Five Star Music.
His rise to fame came when he released the single I’m In Love and Taiye & Kehinde with the music video of the former topping music video charts including Trace TV. His tribute song to late South Africa leader, Nelson Mandela won the ‘Most Downloaded Callertune Award’ at The Headies 2013
Having established himself as one of the hip-hop singers in the Nigeria, in 2014, he was nominated in the “Best Pop/R&B Artiste of the Year” category at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards after the release of his chart-topping song Beta Pikin.
The songwriter cum music producer capped the year 2018 with the release of the single Selense, which featured Reekado Banks and Kizz Daniel.
His fans were thrilled to a night to remember when he graced the stage last Sunday, January 20, when returned to Asaba alongside highlife duo, Obiligbo Brothers, to thrill fans at the Asaba edition of Life’s Bridge Of Progress Party, which held at the Shoprite. He got everyone off their feet as he performed and left many in awe of his electrifying talents.