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My environment, mood spurs my music – Moani

By Guardian Nigeria
10 November 2022   |   4:54 am
Afro fusion singer, Moani is one artiste who has been in the music for some time, as his love music started from childhood.

Afro fusion singer, Moani is one artiste who has been in the music for some time, as his love music started from childhood. Born and christened Ani Micheal Onyema, the native of Agbani in Nkanu West Local Government Area, Enugu State, began exhibiting his musical talent whilst in the primary school and carried it on to Union Boys Secondary School Awkunanaw and then the Institute of Management Technology (IMT) where he obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication with emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations. He spoke to Vanessa Obioha about his passion for music, discography and what he is working on at the moment.

How did you get into music?
My passion started as a child, I would gather my friends in the primary school, back then we would be beating wooden and metal chairs, and I was the lead singer. As kids then, we were always copying some stars like Michael Jackson, 2Pac Shakur, Jay-Z, Ras Kimono, Kool and the Gang, Felix Liberty, Blackky and many others. I would buy a lot of song books and be miming the songs while my mates would be drumming and so on.

What was your parents’ reaction when you informed them of your decision for music as a career?

Initially, they were not in support, but because of my passion for music and my talent that I felt cannot be killed by anybody or circumstance, I kept on secretly and but once in a while they would allow me to go and play with some of my friends, especially during the holidays. But unfortunately they are both late now, so I’m free to air. I miss them though, because I always wish they were here to see their son Moani perform.


How long have you been in the music Industry?

I started music as a young boy, at the age of nine, but officially got into professional music in 2011, and since then I have never stopped. To the glory of God I have to my credit songs like Kolala, which video was shot by Clarence Peters; Ikwete another single that its video was hot Adamsgud, where I featured Andy Anor, an European music star from Barcelona. There are many more, which I don’t want to mention now for personal reasons.

What kind of music do you play?
I play the Afro fusion kind of music with a touch of indigenous flavour sometimes.

What gives you inspiration?
My environment and my mood; sometimes I sing from the happenings around me and stories of other peoples’ experiences and events of the moment. Basically, when the mood is right, I think right and the right music, lyrics come into my mind. That makes me original.

What’s your best single?
Ikwete, because I enjoyed a lot of traction from my fans globally. But presently I’m in the studio working on my Extended Play (EP) of about six tracks and I intend to release two singles from it before Christmas by the grace of God.


Where do you see yourself in five years from now?

I hope to be one of the biggest influencers in the music space. I want Moani to be as popular as the air; I want my face to be my passport in any part of the world I go to

Is there collaboration with any artiste?
Yes, but I have some people I’m presently trying to work out things with. I’m looking at next year by the grace of God.

You said you are in the studio, what should your fans expect?
Yes, and they should expect a good blast for Christmas. You know life is dynamic and progressive, so every time I try to improve on myself and everything about me, especially my music. I try to be better than my previous works. I work hard to put in my best for my fans. It’s not easy for someone to choose the style of music that I play, so you don’t have to disappoint them. I assure them it’s going to be a bomb and worth their time and pleasure.

Who are your role models?
First, God is my mega model; then you have Davido, Kizz Daniel, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Flavour, Phyno, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Akon. I’m working so hard to be in their league, so that I can also make other upcoming stars. But the two people I want to meet any day and time are Davido and Don Jazzy.

Why?
I love their humility and service to their fellow men; they are just nice and good hearted. I love nice people.

Low and high moments
Lowest moment was when I lost my parents, my brother and the mother of my first daughter; I thought the world was coming to an end. Sometimes when I work so hard and I get stuck for one reason or the other, and for the high moments, when I wake up every morning and I see myself feat.

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