Guess who the latest foreign artiste testing the waters of Nigerian music industry is. He is Pan Africanist singer, Gabiy Mansur. The direction he is coming from is as interesting as his story as although he is a Sudanese, he is based in Sweden.
While he is in Nigeria to promote his new album titled Cage, the fact that he is here with his producers, Freestylla music led by Freedom Fabana and promoters, Romeo Music indicates that they really mean business.
And Mansour, who confesses that his sojourn to Nigeria has been an eye opener, cannot hide his reverence for the industry.
He notes, “The Nigerian music industry is a big one. It is the biggest in Africa and music from the country is popular in different parts of the world.”
While his music encompasses hip hop, reggae and dance hall, the 16-track album is Mansour’s way of expressing his perception about life, which, he says, can be intriguing and tough.
“Life can be a cage,” he notes. “It is partly about real life experience. Besides, I had to struggle hard to get the songs out.”
Although he left Sudan when he was 15, his exit was not as a result of the crises the country has witnessed for decades. According to him, his passion for exploring the world prompted his journey to Sweden. He has been to several other countries, he adds.
Mansour has performed in a number of places that include Lagos Airport Hotel and Oriental Hotel. He describes the audience’s reaction to his music as being encouraging.
“Some of them asked me to speak Swedish to them. But even if I do, they do not understand,” notes the singer who says he has met several artistes that include Tuface and OJB.
His influences in music include Tupac, Bob Marley and Fela because, he says, he always falls in love with people who speak the truth always.
He says life is good in Sweden but it is tough for a foreign artiste to break into the terrain.
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