I derive inspiration from Fela, three other artistes – Rema

Young Nigerian music star, Divine Ikubor, known by his stage name, Rema, has revealed the four popular artistes that inspire him.

The ‘Holiday’ singer named late afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and American rapper, Kanye West as sources of inspiration.

Rema who spoke in an interview with Hip TV, also said Nigerian Afrobeats Grammy winners, Wizkid, Burna Boy are among the list of those he derives inspiration from.

Rema names Burna Boy, Fela as inspiration

According to the 23-year-old award-winning musician, he is inspired by Burna Boy’s story, Wizkid’s lifestyle and Kanye West’s creativity.

He said; “I’m inspired by Burna [Boy] because of his story. Fela [Kuti] inspires me. Kanye West [inspires me] because of how far he goes in terms of his creativity, production. I really like Wiz [kid] because of how he carries himself.”

Meanwhile in other news…

Nigerian music producer cum singer, Pheelz has said that he still sees himself as the boy who grew up being active in church despite now doing secular music.

The Finesse crooner whose real name is Philip Kayode Moses stated this during a recent interview with MTV Base Africa.

Pheelz recounted how he use to sing and play keyboards in the church, which was run by father who was a pastor in Lagos.

According to Pheelz, he always knew he would switch from producer to artiste. Speaking on his hit song ‘Finesse’ with BNXN, he said it went viral on Tiktok by ‘accident.’

The artiste was asked about his journey as a creative, and he said; “That journey is long, bro. I feel like sometime in my life, I would probably make movie out of all these stories because it’s inspirational to me and I think it can be inspirational to a lot of other people.

“Grinding from Coded Tunez down to running YBNL; making music with Olamide, Fireboy, Adekunle Gold, Lil Kesh, and other artists outside the label… First of all, I wouldn’t change anything for anything because the journey has been beautiful both the ups and the downs.

“But I still see myself as that same kid from my church. That same 10-year-old playing the keys and my dad is doing the sermons. I still see myself as that kid in the choir because it’s still the same passion that drives me and has been driving me all these years.”