Nigerian singer, Ycee’s Tinny Entertainment new signee, Mabel Oine Alubo, aka Bella, has declared that top female musicians in Nigeria like Tiwa Savage or Yemi Alade do not scare her. Ycee’s Tinny Entertainment act, Bella.
It obviously seems the rapper is poised to take the entertainment scene by storm with a brand new kind of musical energy never seen on the frontiers of the Nigerian music industry.
Ycee’s Tinny Entertainment act, Bella
In a chat with Vanguard, the ebony-skinned entertainer who honed her musical skills listening to Eminem, Daddy Showkey, Spice girls, MI, Jessy Jagz, and others, talks tough.
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How did you get signed on to Tinny Entertainment?
“I emailed my music to Osagie Osarenkhoe Okunkpolor, founder of The Zone Agency in December 2016. She shared it with Tinny and he was impressed. I came to Lagos for a screening session that same month, and thankfully, I got signed January 2017 and moved to Lagos from Jos.”
Being on the same label with Ycee, how do you feel?
“It is a privilege. He’s always been someone I look up to.”
Don’t you think he might overshadow your stardom?
“We are two very different artistes. We all support one another in Tinny entertainment and the plan is to win in different ways.”
Are you threatened by the likes of Niniola, Simi, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, etc?
“I believe my only true competition is my former self. We all have our battles to face and we’re all different. Women don’t have to be compared; we can be great side by side. So, I don’t feel threatened by anyone. No one scares me.”
Why did you dump your university degree for music?
“I didn’t “dump” my university degree. I believe formal education is necessary because there is so much to learn. However, talent should be developed and not ignored because there are all kinds of things we could learn along the way that may end up being our source of income. Studying microbiology in the University of Jos made me passionate about a lot of public health issues and by God’s grace; I’d use my success from music to help make a change in that aspect.”
Considering the musical talents already in existence, how do you intend to outshine them?
“My music has elements of afro-pop, hip-hop and R&B; sounds like mine represents the new age Africa. I believe that Nigeria and the international community are looking for fresh sounds that still identify as African, and that’s what my music is, coupled with my intelligence, image brand, personality, my team and God’s blessings. I know I’m going to be very successful.”
How has the music industry treated you so far?
“The music industry has been many things; interesting, challenging, scary, it’s all been a blessing. I’ve learned so much in a very short time and I’m very grateful for that.”