To shoot music video now costs N30 million – Basketmouth laments

Nigerian comedian, singer and actor, Basketmouth has expressed worry over the soaring prices of shooting music videos in the country.

The veteran comic act lamented over how the industry standard fee has risen from 7 – 7.5 million Naira to about 27 – 30 million Naira now.

Basketmouth shared his reservations about the production fee while being interviewed on The Beat 99.9 FM, Lagos.

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According to him, the price hike was why he decided to do a holdup video for ‘Party’, the lead track from his upcoming album, ‘Uburu’, instead of slashing over N25 million to shoot a standard video.

He said; “The visual we have for my song ‘Party’ with Peruzzi is not an official video. It’s just like a holdup because I did not know that the economy has hit us that bad. 2 years ago, I used to make videos for 7 – 7.5 million Naira. Now, it is 27 – 30 million Naira.

“I’m an Igbo man so the first thing I thought about was, ‘Okay Bright, if you’re spending N25m on visuals, it’s for uptick, right? Then do a holdup video, do something for uptick as well.’”

In similar news…

Months ago, controversial singer Portable called out video director, TG Omori over the amount he charged to shoot a music video.

He had contacted the Boy Director to shoot a video for one of his songs and but was informed that the fee is $50,000.

The Zazuu star then took to his Instagram story to make noise about the fee and wondered why the cinematographer was charging that much.

Portable said Omori has started to stress him and used one of his favourite lines and noted that someone who wishes to help another person would not stress them.

He shared screenshots of their chats in a video, where he also replied to Omori with voice notes lamenting about the money being too high.

He had also accused Omori of shooting a poor video for his breakout hit, Zazuu Zeh such that his tattoo did not show in the finished work.