Nigeria’s veteran singer, Yinka Davies, has disclosed that though she is virtually good at everything she does from music to theatre and writing but what she is sad about is that she has not been able to do what her heart has been yearning for which is fine art.
According to the singer, her fine art skills have suffered a major setback because she has not been able to create time to display her skills in it.
She stated that the major problem faced in the country is that there are no schools where one can go to show people how fine art is being done.
While speaking on the popular TV programme, ‘Your View,’ monitored by Nigeriafilms the singer highlighting one of the challenges faced in the music industry which is poor lyrics, says the up and coming artistes should not be blamed because there is no good structure in the country.
Stressing further, “You can’t blame anyone that sings rubbish because there is no structure in the country. People need to do things that make them happy.”
Her singing career began by accident, at the urging of Sam Uquah. Her career led from the French Cultural centre in Lagos, Kano, to the Goethe Institute, to American festivals and the British Council. Her early stints with Alex O, Esse Agesse, Blackky, won her FAME music award’s Upcoming Artist for 1992. She worked with Sir Shina Peters, Mike Okri, Telemi, Vitus Eze. Her musical odyssey was also to see a positive turning-point when she pitched her tent with Lagbaja.
In April 2000, she formed her band “5&6?. She then released her Black Chiffon CD with a hit song “Owo” featuring Fuji Music maestro Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister. In 2006, she recorded and toured with Fatai Rolling Dollar for Tony Allen, the drummer for Fela Kuti in Allen’s new album Lagos No Shaking. In 2009, Yinka became a Judge on Nigerian Idol.