‘Age Has Affected My Voice’ – 9ice

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9ice is a Nigerian singer who has won many awards including the award for Best Hip Hop Artist at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2008

The Singer who recently signed a new deal with Temple Management Company sat with Sunday Scoop to discuss why his unique voice seems to have lost some of its appeal, even as it sounds somewhat cracked.

He said:

“As of the time I recorded my first album, I was 24 years old, and if you compare that to when someone is 35 years old, you can see the changes in the physical body and every other aspect. Age has a lot to do with that. Another factor is that most times when we go for concerts, the microphones and other sound equipment are not right. I end up shouting at the top of my voice. Imagine someone doing that consistently for five years. After the release of Gongo Aso, I was doing shows all over back and forth for almost five years. Sometimes, you rehearse your songs on a particular key, and when you get there for performance, they play a different key. So with all these, there is the tendency to lose your voice, and even get the voice cracking,” 

In 2014, 9ice contested for a political office in his native Ogbomosho in Oyo state. He joined the All Progressive Congress (APC) and declared his interest to contest for a seat at the Federal House of Representatives. Speaking on his experience in politics, He said:

“I’ve learnt that Nigeria lacks leadership. It’s moneyticians that Nigerians see, and they have no choice but to follow whoever they see. During the course of my campaign, I learnt a lot, and I got closer to the people. I listened to their yearnings, and realised that they want a lot of things, but are not getting what they want. I will also implore people who have the passion to lead their people to offer themselves up for service. The people that we have there now are not leaders; they’re just there for whatever they’ll gain.”    

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