If you’re conversant with the Nigerian music scene, then you must have heard of Onyebuchi Nwabufo Awani popularly known as Gorimakpa. The ever-busy Anambra-born hitmaker who has performed in many European cities is ruling the airwaves with his current songs Amin and Shame On Dem. Today, ONITSHA GRA sat down with Gorimakpa for a refreshing interview.
Can you introduce yourself to Nigerians?
My names are Onyebuchi Nwabufo Awani, well known as Gorimakpa by stage name. I’m from Anambra state.
Tell us of your journey into music
Well, I started music since 2010 and I released my first album that same year. The album was tiled Celebrity.
How did it all start?
Well, I started from a small town called Kirikiri town in Lagos State and later moved to Switzerland. At a time, I stopped recording music and went out of it for almost four years. But I came back professionally three years ago. I have played professional shows in Basel, Zurich, St Gallen in Switzerland, Athens Greece, and in other cities.
Four years is quite a long time. Why the long break?
Well, change of country and focusing on other parts of my talent. I’m also into interior decoration, so that took me out of music for some years.
How did you arrive at the unusual stage name?
Well, it was a name I dreamt about. In the dream, I was passing by a street and some kids started telling each other to look at that brother with Gorimakpa, I turned back and noticed they were referring to me (smiles). So, when I woke up, I found the name both funny and very commercial. The name is easy for anyone to remember. That’s the reason I chose the name. So, it’s kind of spiritual.
How does it feel to suddenly see your songs being played all over the place?
Well, to me it’s not a big deal, because I know I have worked hard for it. I put in a lot of sleepless nights and so much hard work, day and night, but I must also confess it’s a great achievement.
What are the biggest challenges facing artists in Nigeria?
A lot bro, a lot…
Could you elaborate please…
It’s more on the financial aspect. Yeah, like every artist needs money to make a song, make beats, mix and master songs, shoot musical videos, do promo and all that (smiles). They all cost a lot of money.
There’s a general feeling that multinational companies in Nigeria are doing a lot to support the entertainment industry. Are you saying that companies like Gobacom, MTN, Airtel and others are not doing enough to empower artists?
They probably do, but I don’t know much about that (laughs).
Which five African artists would you like to work with?
Flavour, 2baba, Davido, Naira Marley, and Harry Song
Have you worked with any African or international Artist?
Yes, I’ve worked with Solid Star, Joel Amadi, and for international, I worked with Crazy Albanians in Switzerland.
If Don Jazzy is standing in front of you right now, what would you tell him?
(Laughs) I will call him a great man, because he has done really well for himself.
Which foreign artists would you like to work with?
For now, none is in my mind. I guess it’s a question for another day.
Would you oblige if anyone makes an offer or invites you to collaborate with them?
Why not? I will work.
If you’re not a musician what would you have become?
Interior decorator or a banker.
Now tell us, are you married?
Still single (laughs).
Should we be expecting anything in that regard soon?
Not really…don’t even wanna talk more about it.
Your message to Nigerians
I love them all and want them to stay out of crime, they should stay focus in their good hustles. God bless them. They should say no to crime and hard drugs, yes…Gorimakpa said so, Boooomber!
Thanks for speaking to Onitsha GRA