In a recent interview with BellaNaija, Seyi Shay spoke about her new songs ‘Ragga Ragga’ and ‘Chairman’ featuring Kcee.
You’re a very talented singer but based on some comments on BellaNaija regarding your newest singles, “Chairman” & “Ragga Ragga”, some people think you should lay off the commercial/mainstream club bangers.
I think “Ragga Ragga” and “Chairman” showcase some of my skills. “Chairman” and “Killing Me Softly” are two songs that show my vocal ability more than any song I’ve ever put out in Nigeria. “Ragga Ragga” shows my technicality because that whole song was recorded off of pure freestyle. So, that’s the technical side of me whereas “Chairman” was written and composed. All I can say to that is I hope they can get used to this new me. It’s not even a ‘new me’, it’s the person that has always been inside and been dying to come out. Flytime did the right thing by giving me the tools that I needed but since they didn’t brand me, they didn’t let the person that I really am show through.
So, who is the person that you really are? What are your favourite pastimes?
I love going to the beach with my friends, at night, preferably. We get crazy and ‘turnt up’. You know, that’s me. I’m high-spirited. I like cooking for my friends. I always cook. When I’m not so busy, I love scuba diving. I love active sports. I’m also a Sagittarius and you know, we’re free-spirited and we don’t have one personality. I’m not saying I’m crazy, but I will say that the names Seyi and Shay have so many different reasons. There’s a reason why we put Seyi and Shay together, not just because of the pronunciation factor but also because Seyi is one person – the Yoruba, traditional girl; and the Shay is the westernized live-a-little wildcard. Some people even said that “Ragga Ragga” was me, exploring my wild side. Maybe I am but the video will show you the truth.
What should we expect from your next few music videos, now that your brand has more direction?
The next music video is for “Ragga Ragga”. My team did some research and we found out that “Ragga Ragga” appeals to my generation and younger. And, the reason for that I suppose is because it’s kind of edgy, I’m kind of boasting and at the same time, it works in the clubs. Musically, it’s not so common.
On the other hand, “Chairman” is more traditional. It’s the one all the Alaba guys want to collect from our hands and put on mixtapes. It’s the one that had 300,000 downloads from one site in three days and it’s the one that’s just jolly.
So, in the video for “Ragga Ragga”, you should definitely expect my wildcard to come out. It’s going to be a lot of dancehall and bashment. There’s going to be a very big surprise. My lead guy is an uber star. I don’t know how we made it happen. We’re shooting next week and Clarence Peters is putting that together for us. There’s a lot of thought that goes on before we make every single move and that’s why we put these two singles out together, to cover up the different demographics that I appeal to.