Mr Eazi Says He Has Never Demanded Any Fee For Collabos, Talks emPawa
In the wake of the release of his highly anticipated mixtape ‘Life Is Eazi – Vol.2: Lagos To London,’ popular Afropop star, Oluwatosin Ajibade, aka Mr. Eazi, has counted himself out of the league of artistes who collect money from their colleagues in other to do a collaboration with them on a new song or album.
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He stated this on the back of the launch of emPawa – a new initiative set up with the goal of finding Africa’s next batch of superstars.
“No musician in Africa can claim that he paid me for doing a song with him. It is my policy not to charge fees for collaborating with fellow artistes on the continent, but I charge a lot of money to participate in shows outside Africa.
“I have been quietly funding music videos by some artistes in Africa. I have funded about six videos in the last two years. One of the artistes that have benefitted from my sponsorship was nominated for this year’s BET Awards in the United States. He is a rapper known as Kwesi Author,” the singer said during an interview with The Punch.
Mr Eazi noted that he was pleased after the rapper took to his social media pages to appreciate him, saying that encouraged him to unveil a bigger platform to help other struggling artistes to find their feet in the music industry.
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The singer also spoke on the benefit he got from certain people who believed in him in the past.
“A friend of mine, who knew I was doing music in the university, sponsored my first music video. It was a birthday gift from him. He also funded my dance video, which cost him less than $1,000.
“Also, when I wanted to shoot my second music video, Skin tight, I didn’t have to pay a lot of money. Everything I paid for was subsidised. That video made me the star that I am today. If those people didn’t sponsor the videos, I probably would not have been discovered.”
He added that since 2016 when he came to the limelight, he had always wanted to help fellow musicians.
“With my new initiative, ‘emPawa’ – I want to discover independent, emerging and talented artistes. I want to provide them with the resources and exposure to launch their own careers,” he said.