Nigeria’s music star Kelly Hansome on D’banj, Wande and ‘Igwe’ controversial song

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CLASSmagazine Exclusive: Nigeria’s star Kelly Hansome on D’banj, Wande Coal and his hard-hiting ‘Igwe kom kom’ controversial response song….


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Nigeria’s lyrical afro-hip-hop superstar Kelly Hansome aka ‘Mr Maga’ whose latest roaring, controversial response to Wande Coal/D’banj/Mo’ Hits/ titled  “Igwe kom kom” is rockin’ things has spoken about the musical “feud” he’s having with two of Nigeria’s biggest hip hop superstars D’banj, Wande Coal and their label Mo’ Hits records (Lagos).

The youthful pages of the web, youtube and social circles in Nigeria are reacting in hundreds of thousands to Kelly’s pointed, no-hold-barred musical response to Wande for singing ‘Who born the maga?’ and D’banj’s very popular ‘Igwe’ songs.

Kelly who made a courtesy visit to PhotoWorks.TV, CLASSmagazine and USAfrica multimedia networks’ Publisher Chido Nwangwu in Houston  told him  “they crossed the line of cultural respect and tradition with their minimizing the meaning and what it takes to become an Igwe. It’s not ethnic, it’s about respecting every culture, be it Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani, Efik or Tiv or anyone for that matter.”

When I reminded him that musicians and artistes can sing and write  about any issues of their interest with decency or otherwise he countered that “I’m an artiste. I’m a musician but I’m born into tradition and culture and I do not disagree with the rights of musicians and artistes or anyone to free expression. That’s not my point. Remember that the great Fela, the great Chief Osadebe, the pioneer Ebenezar Obey, the durable Sunny Ade, Bright Chimezie, Morocco, Ayinde, even the much younger Tuface and Lagbaja and most if not all the major performers across Nigeria and Africa have shown such respect to traditional authority. Even for a musical performance you must respect fundamental aspects of our culture.”

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Kelly Hansome believes and argues that  “Wande and D’banj do not, apparently know that you don’t get the title of Igwe the same way you get a fashion or basic chieftaincy titles. That’s the thrust of my ‘Igwe kom kom’ song from my yet to be released single response to both D’banj’s Igwe and Wande’s attack on me which he called ‘Who born the maga?’ The latter being an obvious reference to me for my popular song ‘Maga don pay’… You know I’m known as Mr. Maga.”

When I asked him how the emerging disagreements, especially his strong but controversial musical response to Wande and D’banj are affecting their relationships, he add quickly: “it’s not affecting us. Chido, believe me, we’re all friends; it’s nothing personal. I stated and sang my principled position….”  We are yet to confirm if Mo’ Hits, Wande and the world-famous D’banj feel the same way. The much-talked about single has been leaked on youtube.

He spoke about the rapper M.I, Tuface, other new artistes, youths and national development, why Nigerians should support the leadership of the country, his anti-4-1-9 plans, plus the first hints to USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine about the release schedule of his new, sure-to-be-controversial album.

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    University of Lagos,

    Akoka.

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