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Social media has helped me to be heard, Tetta, singer and songwriter says

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With little or no support, social media has helped me to be heard-Tetta

My name is Omotesse Ebhota and I go by the stage name Tetta which is derived from my first and last name.

How my music career started

Music for me started when I was invited to a church program by a friend in 2006. As soon as I got in the room, the first thing that struck me was the sound.

It was so powerful that immediately after my friend was done with his performance, I told him I needed to talk with the music director of the choir.

Surprisingly, he came to me, listened to me as I talked and instantly, he said he loved the sound of my voice and that I could join the choir.

From then on, the lessons and experience of being with people who sang with passion fueled my dream.

After participating in the Glo Naija Sings competition and not selected, I thought about sharpening my skills and I registered for a music course at one of West Africa’s biggest Music Academy, Tenstrings Music Institute.

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After leaving the academy, I went on to win the top spot at the LoudNProud series of the April edition in 2013.

My thirst and hunger for exploring and showcasing my talent got me hunting and signing up for different music competitions. Too many competitions.

My current music project

Currently, I’m working on putting my sound and acoustic band together.

Every time I get on stage and the audience cheer and even encore is a major break for me.

Lessons learned

Lessons learned,…. Uhmm..

I think I learn every single day that appear before me. But more importantly, I have learned to be more open and to expect the best but prepare for the worst.

My role models

Some of my role models are Nina Simmone, India Arie, Lauryn Hill, Tracy Chapman, Lainne La Havas, Sir and Fela.

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Memorable experience

My most memorable experience was in 2014 when I was told that I had been selected to go to South Africa for a music competition, for the first time.

I was so excited, I started to cry, rolling on the floor and I couldn’t believe that the music some people said wouldn’t do me good was paying off somehow already.

Most embarrassing moment

My most embarrassing moment was when I shoved off stage, I saw the host coming to get the microphone from me after I was done singing one song as I intended to perform two. I had started the second song when she came furiously grabbing the mic.

It was so embarrassing because I had few friends who came to see me perform. It wasn’t funny. At alllllll…

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Inspirations

As simple as it sounds, nature inspire me, The music I listen to, the books I read, my family, my entire being, my wooly hair. Lol. Even fear inspires me.

Music in Nigeria

I think the music industry right now has evolved. I think the sound has changed from what it used to be.

But even so, I also do think that consciousness and the real essence of music are almost left behind.

I see a lot of artists watering down their music just to get popular. It’s quite sad though.

But not forgetting the good part, for people like me that are practically indie artists with little or no support or record deal, social media has really helped us a great deal to be heard and also to be seen by the many few. Lol

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Philosophy

My philosophy about life is Love, Live and Lead.

If you Love enough, your invariably Living.

If you Live enough, you’re also invariably Leading because whether you see it or not, people are watching your steps.

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