If you find it hard to believe that just singing for one or two years in Nigeria can earn you so much wealth just like many superstars in the country make you believe, you are not alone, a Nigerian veteran singer Zaaki Azzay has accused some of them of using music as a coverup to their illicit business.
The veteran claimed that most of the musician swing into the music industry after they have made a lot of money selling hard drugs and engaging in cybercrimes popularly known in Nigeria as “Yahoo Yahoo”.
The Benue state born singer who made these allegations while in an interview with Premium Times, also alleged that most of the investors in the music industry are drug barons and cybercriminals.
On the quality of musicians parading in the industry, Zaaki Azzay claimed that the current set of musicians in the industry are talented and those who are not, come into the industry with a lot of money made from illicit business to make a lot of noise.
He said: ”I think they are very talented and they are good. However, some of them lack good content in their music and have nothing meaningful in their lyrics. Musicians are actually meant to be good ambassadors.
There is a lot that has gone into music. There are lots of people who are not really musicians. People who are not really talented come into music and bring money from drugs or ‘blood money’ put it into music and make noise everywhere.
Not many know these musicians are actually using music to cover up for their drug businesses. That is the major issue for us because those who are consuming the music might not know that and it kind of makes it difficult for talented musicians who are supposed to be heard and (are) not heard because they cannot afford to promote their music.”