Owo ti yapa si mi lorun..
Voice Online – This time last year, 28-year-old Eric Obuh was working as a scavenger on a dumpsite in Nigeria. He hoped his meagre wage would one-day amount to enough to fund his dreams of becoming a music star, but he was a long way off his target.
But a chance appearance on BBC documentary ‘Welcome to Lagos’ landed the aspiring musician a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at the world’s number one music venue.
Later this month Obuh, who now goes by the name, Vocal Slender will perform at London’s IndigO2 for the CokoBar music festival. The show will celebrate the rise of the African music industry.
“I’m looking forward to performing alongside other fellow Nigerian artists such as Wande Coal and Bracket,” the rapper told the Voice-Online.
After watching Vocal Slender on the first of the three-part KEO produced documentary, a music promoter contacted the show’s producers and pulled the aspiring musician from the Oluososun rubbish dump and booked him as the main act for the bank-holiday festival.
Nigerian rap sensations Wande Coal and JJC will also appear on the impressive bill at the venue frequented by global pop stars, Prince, 50 Cent and Usher.
Representatives for Vocal Slender, who has since been issued with his first passport for the upcoming concert, said that he was both ‘excited’ and ‘humbled’ by the experience.
“Vocal Slender is the main act as the public are eager to see him perform live in the UK amongst a variety of other well-known Nigerian artists. He will be flying to London in two weeks and while he is there he will also be shooting his first music video” said one representative.
Vocal Slender said that he always believed that he hard work would pay off, commenting:
“I’m working so hard to become somebody in the future. I know sooner or later God will put a smile on my face and my soul will become joy.” He said.
The CokoBar music festival is at the IndigO2 on May 31 from 7pm
For tickets, visit: www.theo2.co.uk/indigo2 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Buy Vocal Slender’s Album, “Send them Come” on iTunes here
Watch the Show Promo featuring Vocal Slender and Basket Mouth
Listen to Vocal Slender’s hit single, Owo Yapa