By the time Nomoreloss hit the airwaves with a remix of Orlando Owoh’s “Iyawo Asiko” years ago, his status as an authority in the music industry was already confirmed. The song became a national anthem of some sort back then. While many were looking forward to a follow up to his albums then, Nomoreloss suddenly took a leave from music and delved into other things, including comedy.
In a chat with Street Journal’s WOLE ADEJUMO, he spoke on his new single, Ojuri as well as why he took a 6-year-break from the music industry. He also spoke on how his dad who was his number one critic became his number one fan.
The artiste who was born as Muyiwa Solomon Oshinuga is a graduate of Economics from Ogun State University, now Olabisi Onabanjo University. Nomoreloss, a man of many sides runs a production outfit and an artiste-management company.
How did you come about the name Nomoreloss?
The name Nomoreloss came from my middle name… Solomon. With Christ it becomes NO-MORE-LOSS!
Let’s talk about your journey into music, how did it start?
It started in 1985 with me trying to get local shows for my self and doing beach talent platforms as a means of showcasing what I had.
You took the music scene by storm with your remix of Dr Orlando Owoh’s “Iyawo Olele” years back, and then you took a break. What really happened?
The song was actually “Iyawo Asiko”. I took a break for many reasons. When I lost my mum in 2006 it just took the wind out of my sail. She was my reason for walking the straight and narrow path. I found comfort in her words of encouragement and support and when she died suddenly, I just lost the zeal to pursue music. I sing and write songs from my heart and my heart at the time and for a long time was in a terrible state of depression. I left because I couldn’t imagine singing purely for profit/money. Music for me is life and must touch lives. If it fails to do that, then I would rather step aside till I find that happy zone or message to talk about and touch lives with. I love music far too much to kill it with words that lack conviction.
One of the things you fans like about you is your stand against the use of explicit lyrics, what prompted stand?
My fear of God and knowing that my voice was not designed to cause death but to bring life. I am a parent now and looking back I am glad I chose not to use such language in my music. This is not to say that I am a saint because I am known to cuss out like a sailor when upset but to use the words in a manner that the next generation accepts as a norm
During your absence from the music scene, you delved into a number of things; you handled events, you were at comedy shows, you became a compere… You were definitely up to something. What were you trying to achieve then?
Delved? … I have always been a promoter of talents. I became a comedian by necessity when things were really rough and I had to support my family and self through school. Sad to see that the big names that came to study under me or were part of my talent platforms never give credit. I just wanted to share my experiences with younger artistes in my area and beyond to help them improve and save them the heart aches I went through in the business. I still run such platforms till date in Nigeria and soon I will take them outside the country.
You released a single, “Ojuri”, about 6 years after the release of your most recent work. Why the long absence?
I was looking for me… I was seeking definition for who and what I truly am. It’s a journey I took to find self and make up my mind what I wanted to be. Sometimes having too many talents can be a curse! People just couldn’t believe that the same person called Nomoreloss who was a comedian on television and radio was also an MC, musical video director, events promoter. It seemed I was confused and by extension confusing my fans. It was a very deliberate yet painful experience to help me channel all my energy into dream that I have been building close to two decades.
That journey led me back to my one true love, music.
Can you tell us the story behind “Ojuri”?
Ojuri basically speaks of my journey into Music and the price I have had to pay to be accepted as a musician. It’s a reflection of how I see life and belief that all things are possible if we believe. My father who was diagnosed with cancer inspired the song. Ironic that the loss of one parent took me out of music and the seeming near loss of the other inspired my return.
You mentioned your dad as your No 1 critic who later became your number one fan. That is an indication that he opposed your decision to go into music. At what point did he change his mind?
As with any parent concerned about the future of their kids, my father was totally against me being a musician because at the time, music was the exclusive reserve of dropouts and delinquents. It took a long while and by that I mean over 15 years to accept. He gave up opposing for reasons known only to him but he called to say to me that he was proud of me a couple of years back and nothing in the world could ever come close to the closure I felt on that day for it was the validation I sought for a long time.
Your kind of music is somehow hard to classify, in which category would you put your music?
I sing what I feel. My music is fundamentally high-life and I just spice it with everything I feel makes me happy be it reggae, jazz, salsa, R&B or soul.
What is your opinion about the quality, especially the lyrical content of songs being produced in the Nigerian music industry?
Nigerian music has come a long way but we still lack the definition of our own sound. Lyrics in most of the sound we hear today borders primarily on the same subject. Drugs, sex, alcohol or making money illegally. I look forward to a better day.