NDIFREKE JACOB UYO.
Nigeria’s prolific Afrobeat musician, Precious Ewa better known as Supersonic Blaze has hinted that his intention is to win a Grammy award thereby bring the world to Akwa Ibom.
Supersonic Blaze who doubles as the President of Akwa Ibom Recording Artiste Association (AIRAA), made his intentional known on Monday, during an interview session in Uyo.
The Okobo born artiste, who studied Music Production and Sound Engineering from the Middlesex University, London has remained a relevant face and big contributor to the Akwa Ibom music industry.
Reflecting on his personal journey in the music industry and what informed his choice of the name ‘Supersonic Blaze’ – he explained that as a kid, he had deep seated love for comic books and video games like Sonic the hedgehog. Also, his uncle who’s a pastor used to refer to him as ‘blaze of glory’; reason he adopted the name.
Also, he explained that being a mentally sound person there was no better name that would have described him other than ‘Supersonic blaze’ which according to him means – ‘speed of sound.’
Continuing, Supersonic Blaze revealed that his love for music dates back to his childhood days when he sang in the choir, although he later started his music with rap music. Adding that, out of his love for originality and realness, he had to switch gear to afrobeat due to the public acceptance culture of melody, rhythm, storytelling afrobeat carries; although Fela Kuti paved the way for it.
On if he fuses other sounds into the afrobeat, he added, ‘yes…I fuse it with other sounds. Listening to me is like listening to all components of music in one artiste. I’m a fusion of the 7 Liberal arts.”
While explaining how he’s fared in the music industry, Supersonic Blaze revealed that the journey hasn’t been a smooth ride but, he was poised to build a lasting brand that meets international standard of music production.
He explained that he was motivated and filled with gratitude to do more following the support he’s enjoyed from people especially Akwa Ibomites.
Also, he disclosed how excited he felt when his song was listed in the international music playlist curated for Boomplay to give the world hope during the COVID-19 lockdown period; he explained that his music is always inspirational/motivational, adding that the world will hear more of his tunes in due time.
Speaking about his recent hit, Abasido, Uwi said, the ”song was to express my gratitude to God for getting me back on my feet after an accident that kept me in bed for a year. Abasi Do means there is God. The video is an artistic expression of the shades of life we go through and the unpolished truth that is not garnished with color.”
He added that he’s currently working on a body of work (EP/Album) which will contain 7 songs. The work will be released by the end of the 3rd quarter.
Meanwhile, he expressed optimism that if same support and encouragement given him is reciprocated to other artistes, the entertainment industry will experience progress and growth.
According to the Abasido crooner, producer and songwriter; Akwa Ibom entertainment industry was riped and fully ready to launch out but the template of appreciation and acceptability experienced in Lagos needed to be replicated to encourage creative artistes and young talents in the state.
Uwi stressed that ”Lagos was the hub of entertainment because they deliberately made it so. Since Festac 77, Lagos has intentionally wooed creatives from all walks of life by being a conducive environment for entertainment, accepting and celebrating creativity.”
He maintained that the narrative that artistes must migrate to Lagos before they are known has been breached by the internet as artistes can now gain the attention of their audience from any part of the world they reside.
He said, ”in this day and age of the internet, you can catch the attention of your audience from anywhere then move to the center to get physically involved in Mainstream entertainment. Akwa Ibom is still growing in every aspect, check it, we just had our first shopping mall and here you are interviewing an Akwa Ibom Superstar so I see big things on the way.”
On his plans for the Akwa Ibom music industry, he hinted, ”my motivation has been the fact that I want to change the narrative for those that will come after me.
I’m a 360 qualified and internationally exposed entertainer so I have what it takes to break the barrier for others to cross over or support whoever clears the way for us to be heard and seen.”
He called on Akwa Ibom people to continue to support artistes in the state as AIRAA has perfected plans to push the Akwa Ibom brand to the global space.