Why I switched from pop to cultural music – Singer, Kcee

Popular Nigerian singer, Kingsley Okonkwo, well known by his stage name Kcee, has admitted he shifted from pop to cultural music in order to promote the Igbo culture abroad.

The 44-year-old musician claimed he got the notion to make culture music in 2018 and has since been honing his skill. He is currently making waves with his hit song with a cultural title, “Ojapiano.”

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He said this in a recent Channels TV interview.

He said,

“It [inspiration for cultural music] didn’t just come. I was working towards it for a couple of years about four/five years.

“Since 2018, I started thinking about how can I take the [Igbo] culture to the world. That was when I started doing cultural music. For those that know my career, I wasn’t doing cultural music before. But I have it in me. So, at some point, I discovered the sweetness of the cultural side. And I decided how can I add the pop I’m doing into the culture and take it global. So, it has been a process, I did a couple of cultural songs, cultural praise then I found myself here.”

Kcee claimed that many people first underestimated him when he switched to the cultural genre, but he is happy that it was a commercial success.