Popular Nigerian Afro highlife artiste Harrysong shares his ordeals in the hands of fraudsters, who reaped him of N180 million naira years ago. Harrysong who is revered as a power vocalist dishing hit numbers left-right and center opened up in an interview about the backlash he’s had and how he slung into depression after being dealt a bad hand.
Some two years ago, the “Reggae Blues” crooner got everybody worried about a very disturbing post he shared via his social media pages. The message came across as suicidal as he spoke about death and how much he wanted to be celebrated.
Harry wrote: ‘Don’t cry wen i die, celebrate, put up a kingmaker concert, empower more youths,.. I have Lived.. I have Done my bit, carry on in grace… TEKERO? I LOVE YOU ALL.”
After the storm, he then revealed in a recent interview that he was depressed after being duped by fraudsters. The singer disclosed that as part of his ploys to enrich himself, he sought to delve into the Oil & Gas sector.
He shared that he was disappointed and saddened by the news but he made twice the money back and he’s fine. He wrote;
“I know it was everywhere about how down I was. I already had plans for 2020 – I was saving for a business. I’m from Delta State and we have oil. I was saving to get into a major business in oil and gas and I was duped. When I got the news that I had been duped of N180 million, it was almost everything to me at the time.
“When I said I was down, I was really down. But thank God for the grace that we’re back stronger. Now, there’s life and talent – we are ready for the next phase. People thought I was going to die, but I wasn’t (laughs). It’s only been a year and some months since then and I have more. While there’s life there’s hope. Almost everybody; those who loved me, those who hated me, the ones that wanted to stand by me, some called to check if I had died (laughs), but almost everybody reached out.
Harrysong spoke about his music and rebranding himself, he highlighted his songwriting skills and how he hopes to become a better songwriter than Micheal Jackson and R Kelly.
On his forthcoming EP dubbed “Right About Now” he is employing his best abilities to ensure an impressive production. As he says;
“They need to upgrade their senses and realize that many were called, but few were chosen – you can’t have all. I can sing, write, play the instrument and perform, but it’s a privilege that doesn’t mean I’m way higher than the next person.
When I started in church, I had music directors who could only write music, but can’t perform it – yet, they were excellent at that writing. It doesn’t mean they are incompetent or incomplete. He nor mean say dem be February. If someone writes a song for you, it means singing is your office and songwriting is that other person’s office.
That is why publishing deals are broken down – the division of labor is necessary. If it’s about ability, I should be Michael Jackson and R.Kelly should be bigger than Michael Jackson. It’s by grace,” Harrysong says.
It’s not holding Nigerian music back, it’s just holding us back as a force to push together. I know a lot of young amazing writers who only need a platform. Sometimes, when they get a platform to write for others, they are sworn to secrecy. Sometimes, when we sign artists, we need to get them, writers.”
Harrysong recently released a new single with Davido titled Bum Bum and since then announced his presence on music radar and charts.