Kandy Sea to launch new song August 31 in downtown Lagos
After years of going underground, raggae music singer, Eziomume Cyril Ogiene, well known by the stage name Kandy Sea or Humble Lion, is set to unveil his long awaited new inspirational song.
The new song, away from what the singer is known for is a fusion of dancehall and what will be described in Ajegunle parlance as galala or swo. It is a call for unity and peaceful co-existence, which is key to development and growth.
With six albums to his credit, the Onicha Olona in Aniocha North, Delta state born reggae singer is not a rookie in the Nigerian music space, as he was one of the reggae musicians who took the country by the storm in the 1990s.
Kandy Sea in the song, urge all to show love, stressing that no matter what happens in life, love is the greatest and important. He noted that love is staff and anyone with such will always succeed no matter the obstacles.
While encouraging everyone, particularly the youths to do thing rightly, he emphasized that everything in life is a process and they must prepare to follow it. He added that they must avoid the get rich quick attitude and embrace the principle of suffering before pleasure.
“Most rich people you see today suffered before becoming what they are. But many will not believe it. So, the youth must work harder to attain their goals in life,” Kandy Sea said,
For those conversant with the songs, It Gives Me Joy, No One Knows Tomorrow, which infectiously arrested the reggae world in the 1990s, the music heavyweight was the voice behind the hits.
The dreadlock wearing singer went into limbo but after several years, he made come back with an 11-tracker entitled, 100 percent, which he used in paying tribute to the late reggae icon, Lucky Dube.
On his impression about reggae music in Nigeria now, giving the fact that hip-hop has taken over, the dreadlocks wearing singer stated that nothing has happened to reggae, adding that it is a global genre of music.
He blamed reggae artistes in the country including himself for allowing the genre of music not to be felt like before in Nigeria like in the 80s/90s, when reggae music were played by radio stations.
“I have been saying this without mincing words; I blame the reggae artistes in Nigeria including myself for allowing reggae not to be felt like before. We relaxed; this is the industry we have been controlling. It is like when you are winning in a football match, when you relax, the small boys will begin to defeat you.
“Check it very well; there is no artiste that has sold like reggae musicians in Nigeria. People still want to hear reggae; Radio stations play it. But we are not following up with the modern reggae. I don’t know if most of the top reggae musicians in Nigeria are playing reggae music. I must admit that there was a little bit of relaxation. Reggae music is not all about protest alone; it expresses love, genuine love. We are coming back to it,” he stated.