Recently confirmed Glo ambassador, singer and ex Mo-hits records star, Wande Coal, in a recent interview reveals why he left Mo-hits records and how he became a Glo ambassador. Here are the excerpts of the interview:
Interviewer: How were you introduced to Glo?
Wande: I have been doing shows for Glo for close to four years. So, I have been in a relationship with them before I was signed.
Interviewer: The deal must be so juicy for you to come on board?
Wande: I thank God for where I’m coming from. At the end of the day, it is all about growth.
Interviewer: How much were you paid?
Wande: I won’t disclose that, please. But it is huge. It is a two-year contract.
Interviewer: What would you say you have enjoyed so far working with Glo?
Wande: Working with one of the biggest brands in Africa is really a privilege. There are a whole lot of advantages. If you go out there, you would see my billboards. At the end of the day, I will feature in some of their commercials on global TV like CNN, among other privileges. That’s good enough. It will make me work harder. It is a testimony and a dream come true.
Interviewer: But you are not going to be doing collaborations with artistes endorsed by Glo competitors?
Wande: That is not true. You can collabo with different artistes irrespective of the brands they represent. As far as you are not out of the Glo umbrella.
Interviewer:Does meeting D’Banj, your former label boss at Mo’Hit at Glo invoke any nostalgia?
Wande: It is a family. We are brothers. I’m happy to meet him here. D’Banj is a big brother to me.
Interviewer: What is Wande Coal bringing into Glo?
Wande: I’m bringing in a lot through my music. I’m going to be talking about the brand in my songs, even in my forthcoming album.
Interviewer: How has it been since you left Mavin Records?
Wande: I have learnt to do things on my own. It is now a different ball game. I can now diversify.
Interviewer: In your sober moments, do you regret leaving Don Jazzy?
Wande:If you want me to be real, Don Jazzy is like a father to me. But like you married and left your mom and dad, life must go on. I’m happy that my brand name, Black Diamond is now a reality. I’m rather grateful to God for the opportunity to actualize my dream.
Interviewer: But are you missing anything at all, like missing some of your folks there?
Wande: I’m not missing anything. What do you want me to miss? I still love them. That is me. I don’t discriminate. I just love them all.
Interviewer: What is your relationship with Don Jazzy at the moment?
WAnde: We are cool. We are just cool.
Interviewer: No ill-feelings?
Wande: Why? I can’t fight Don Jazzy now. It is not possible.
Interviewer: How far have you gone with your long delayed sophomore album?
Wande: My album is almost ready. The reason for the delay was because one artiste had to wait for another before he is released. D’Banj did his album; Wande Coal followed and Dr. Sid. So, I had to wait for D’Banj’s album. After D’Banj, it should have been me but the company, Mo’Hit packed up. And now, it is Black Diamond.
It was not a bad idea that Black Diamond was conceived, but all the noise, drama and controversy was it necessary?
No. But at the end of the day, it just happened.
Interviewer: Was it your fault?
Wande: How is it going to be my fault?
I did everything based on love. I didn’t sign any contract in Mavin. And I was very obedient. So, I don’t know why I should now be blamed.
Interviewer: Why would you be on a label without contract?
Wande: I signed a contract in Mo’Hit. But sometimes, you have to look before you leap. If you like what is on ground, you sign. If not what you want, you move on.
Interviewer: Can you still do a collabo with Don Jazzy and D’Banj?
Wande: I can work with anybody I wish to work with now. It is just business.
Interviewer: From Mushin to Black Diamond, what are you most grateful to God so far?
Wande: I thank God for everything. I’m happy I’m still relevant in the industry. At the end of the day, I would release this album on Black Diamond label. Don’t forget I inspired a lot of young artistes like Wizkid, Davido. I hope I can still do more as I plan to sign new artistes very soon.
Interviewer: Can you still perform all the songs you recorded with Don Jazzy?
Wande: Yes, all through the festive period, I performed all my songs.
Interviewer: We are still asking why you left Mavin?
Wande: At the end of the day, I just wanted growth. That’s all, no beef.
Interviewer: But some alleged you were sort of taking sides with D’Banj?
Wande: That is not true. Let me tell you the truth, D’Banj was even the one I hurt most when I decided to remain with Don Jazzy. We were very close but I went to Jazzy. How then could it be because of D’Banj? Did you hear that Wande Coal signed with DKM? I’m just doing my thing. So, I didn’t take sides. I love everybody.
Interviewer: Would the wedding bell toll for you anytime soon?
Wande: Maybe. In four years time.
Interviewer: So, would you say you have been happy in your relationship?
Wande:I thank God.
Interviewer: Would we be surprised if your love child emerges tomorrow?
Wande: I already have a five year-old son. I have been keeping it for a while. I had him since 2008 before I released my album.
Interviewer: What is his name?
Wande: Coal Junior.
Interviewer: And what is your relationship with your baby mama?
Wande: That is private.