Sensational Nigerian musician, Crown Uzama has revealed that his stage name “Shallipopi” was inspired by an old Chinese movie.
He made this known in a recent interview with British media personality, Madame Joyce, noting that he got the idea for his name from the 1994 Chinese kung fu comedy film, Shaolin Popey.
Shallipopi said he attempted using his birth name, Crown, and nicknames like ‘Drip Face’ as stage name before finally settling for the one he currently uses.
He recounted how he stumbled across the movie by accident as a child because at the time , his mum bought a Tom And Jerry CD for them but it turned out to be the movie Shaolin Popey when they inserted it in their DVD player.
The ‘Elon Musk’ crooner said in part; “I was looking for [stage] name, so I was like let me coin something from the movie Shaolin Popey, that’s how I came up with my nickname”.
Meanwhile, in similar news…
CorrectNG recalls that Mavin Records artiste, Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe opened up on the inspiration behind her stage name ‘Ayra Starr’.
The ‘Sabi’ crooner who sat down for a chat in the Christmas interview special with Arise TV, revealed that her label boss, Michael ”Don Jazzy” Ajereh contributed to the creation of the name.
According to the 21-year-old Grammy nominee, she coined “Ayra” which means woke and open minded, while Jazzy added the suffix “Starr.”
Ayra Starr said before she joined Mavin Records, her stage name was “Oyin” – which is a moniker carved out of her real name, Oyinkansola.
She said; “There is this Yoruba name called Ira, I wanted people to pronounce it as ‘Aira.’ And I was like the only way the can pronounce it is by spelling it ‘A Y R A.’ So, I was thinking about it and something just told me to go ‘A Y R A.’
And went I did, everything just came together: The meaning of the name, it felt like God was speaking to me. And ‘Starr’ was Don Jazzy’s idea. Ayra means ‘woke and open minded.’ And that’s what I want. I want to be honoured and respected.”