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Born Chike Nosa Agada, R&B singer/songwriter Chykay can claim to be making waves – not tsunami height, but waves nonetheless – over the Internet.

His music is gaining recognition on both Nigerian and UK radio stations and three of his tracks (‘Smile’ featuring Falz, ‘I Just Wanna’ and ‘Mo Fe Soro’) are amongst the more popular songs on music website sturves.com. He has also worked alongside artists like Beazy, L (a.k.a. T.J. Stattz), Playbach, Falz, 2Slick and Uzzy.

Chykay!

X2 came across Chykay’s ‘What Are You?’ while randomly surfing Facebook (thank goodness for FB).

This is our email interview:

Q: Describe yourself in three words.

A: Versatile, unique , creative.

Q: Have you always wanted to be a music artist?

A: Well I was brought up around music. My dad happens to be Harry Mosco … the king of Afro funk. He’s known for hits like ‘Country Boy’, ‘Sugar Cane Baby’ and many more. He also opened the first digital studio in Nigeria, so we had likes of Onyeka Owenu, Sir Shina Peters, King Sunny Ade and Lagbaja stroll in and out the studio. [It] was set up in our garage (LOL). It was and still is state of the art, so I guess it contributed to my love for music. I have passion for what I do.

Q: What is the creative process like?

A: Well, I really like writing about personal situations in my life so it’s always a while before I enter the studio. Like my father, I too, am a perfectionist. I like to sing from the heart so listeners feel what I feel. Once I get inspiration a good instrumental would do the song justice.

Q: Any pre-performance rituals?

A: (LOL) Well, I simply do the sign of the cross, and start telling myself “you’re a star, you’re the man, you’re the man. Now rock this stage! (LOL)

Q: How would you rate the Nigerian entertainment industry?

A: Well, I must say I am so impressed with the industry today. Things have definitely moved      forward.  There’s so much talent in our beloved Nigeria. Recently I was watching CNN and I saw Asa. I was so happy I started bragging to the people around me – “You see she’s Nigerian.” (LOL). I am so impressed but we still have one major problem – PIRACY.  Yeah, artists have found a way to make money off shows but to make the maximum of what we have we have to fight PIRACY. I am well aware we have a musician body called PMAN. I hope they tackle this problem now that the whole world is watching us.

Q: Any plans to work in Nigeria?

A: Definitely. I was in Nigeria for about 3 months last year… spent most of my time in the studio. We created tracks like ‘Mo fe soro’ and ‘Steeze and Cruise’.  I plan to officially release them [in Nigeria] this summer. A couple of my songs are on the internet and are receiving good feedback.  

Q: What type of audience do you have in the UAE?

A: Well, really, I don’t have an audience in the UAE. I was in England before I came to Dubai. I had been doing my music officially since 2003 in England. I left England by 2008 for Nigeria. I had finished my bachelor’s degree in England and then I left for Dubai in January 2009 to do a master’s programme. I chose Dubai just to extend my knowledge of culture being that I have never been in the Arab world. I guess my audience is pretty much mixed thanks to the internet.

Q:  Are you following any of the Nigerian music awards?

A:  Yes I am. I was just telling my manager that we should work harder and by God’s grace  we could be nominated for the next Hip Hop Awards – he screamed AMEN!!!

Q: Which Nigeria-based performer would you like to work with most?

A: Well, I am into different types of music. I love anything that sounds good, so I’d love to work with anybody. Asa and Cobhams would just make my year!