Waje is easily one of the most talented Nigerian musicians working today, and she is no stranger to the music scene. Unfortunately, her 2018 album, Red Velvet, could be the last body of work we get from her as she has announced her retirement in a new video, Music Is Not For Me.
Over a decade ago, Waje broke into our airwaves when she lent her voice on the hook of P-Square’s 2007 hit single, “Do Me”. Since then, she established herself as one of the vocal powerhouses and gifted songwriters in the country. Sadly, the singer has announced her retirement in an emotional YouTube video, explaining how her talent has not brought much-deserved financial gain or acclaim.
In the 12-minute clip, she expressed her disappointment at the lukewarm reception of her album, detailing how she could not promote due to lack of funds. She also added that her experience with music is a bad investment which brought little to no profit. She said:
‘I don’t want to be in the class of artists that have failed, I don’t want to be in that class. I just know that I have come to the point where I just don’t think its working for me anymore”.
The video sheds light on the frustration and emotional toll that many talented artists experience behind-the-scenes. With Waje bravely sharing this vulnerable moment in her career, perhaps, this would change how the fans and music industry, in general, interact with musicians and their work.
Watch the video below:
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