Ebuka started off by asking the musician cum actor how 2020 has been, to which Falz answered sincerely stating that it had been a tough one, especially since there were practically no shows due to the COVID-19 restrictions. He however adds that he was lucky to have some guaranteed streams of income, such as endorsement and music streaming revenues.
Ebuka then added, “does the fact that such events can significantly affect your income make you and your colleagues worry about the kind of industry you find yourselves in?”
Falz answered saying, “if any musician tell you that he or she does not worry about that, then he or she is lying because you can wake up one day and your songs are not popping anymore.”
Falz whose real name is Folarin Falana is the son of an astute Nigerian lawyer and statesman, Barrister Femi Falana S.A.N.
Falz’s father is known to be one of the brave voices of dissent alongside the likes of Gani Fawehimi against the then authoritarian military regimes of Nigeria, spanning the 1980’s and 1990’s. The musician in this interview reveals that growing up, his dad was taken away from home many times by various military men from the government, for weeks and sometimes even months, but he did not fully comprehend the situation as he was then still very much an oblivious child.
He adds that there were many occasions where their mother had to twist the story of their dad’s absence by telling them that he had travelled. “It wasn’t until secondary school, that the gravity of my dad’s precarious situation begin to dawn on me,” he said.
Watch the full video interview below;
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