Africans Making Global Strides: Nigerian Musician ‘Seyi Shay’ signs an American deal


Seyi Shay, in a class of her own… 

Another African makes global strides, yes, Deborah Oluwaseyi, popularly called “Seyi Shay” has signed a deal with major American record label, Island Universal Records.

This label also operates as a division of Universal Music Group, with some of the greatest musicians of our time being harboured within this record label, including the likes of American artists Nicki Minaj, Calvin Harris, Leona Lewis, Justin Bieber and Enrique Iglesias to name a few.SEYI_SHAY

This United Kingdom born Nigerian singer-songwriter, recording artist, performer and record producer is crazily talented and this deal, which was signed at the Universal Offices in South Kensington (London), proves to the world that indeed, her vocal prowess is on another level.

With various songs like Loving your way, Chante, Irawo, Killing me softly and Air Brush, this singer has made headlines and has also been featured on the records of several promising Nigerian artists including Praiz, Mr Walz, Yung GreyC and Amir. This now, is her time to make waves abroad and showcase her African talent across the world.

seyi-shay-26092014-281x211In her profile, Shay said “my music style is primarily a combination of Afro-Pop and R&B. I do not conform to a particular genre of music. I believe that my music spans different genres. My music draws from things that inspire me.”

She also cited her mother, Mathew Knowles (Beyonce’s Dad), 2face, Beyoncé, Tina Turner, Sound Sultan, Wizkid and Omawuni as her mentors.

Many artists in the musical fraternity will attest to the fact that their industry is not an easy one to break into, as it comes with many challenges and getting people to listen and fall in love with your music proves to be one of the hardest things to do. With artists such as Seyi Shay, it is proven that hard work and dedication go a long way and that it is possible to flourish.

It is undeniable that there is a reservoir of talented musicians in Nigeria, probably one of our most musically gifted nations in Africa. Nigerians have proven that their quality of music is universal and we salute our brothers and sisters who continue to keep the African light burning, and proving that not only are we a colourful nation but we are also diversely talented. We support Seyi Shay in her new endevour and hope that only great things will come out of this new deal that she has bagged.