One ugly incident that would forever be etched in the memory of highlife (African Jazz) musician, Iselobhor Airemen, who goes by the moniker Issy Miyake, is how he lost the battle of ownership of a beautiful baby that a girlfriend of his gave birth to under his roof a few years ago.
“The ownership of the baby, a healthy and cute girl, became a controversial issue which was finally resolved when we went for a DNA test at a reputable health facility.
“Though, I was pained considering what I spent in taking care of the toddler and the mother, I decided to let go to enable peace to reign. No hard feelings,” he recounted.
However, he is appealing to people of goodwill and the government to come together to proffer a lasting solution to the poor returns that is prevalent in the entertainment sector. In particular he want the government to give full support to the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) so that its effort in addressing the poor returns in the sector does not come to noughts.
“We (government and well meaning citizens) should endeavour to find a lasting solution to the poverty that is gradually crawling into the entertainment sector.
“The Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON, is trying it’s best. But the government should go further to support what the body is doing by not only enacting very strict laws but by backing it up with enforcement.
“By so doing the sector would earn its premium position as a money making machine just like it’s applicable in the civilised world,” he asserted.
He gave knocks to pirates who he described as economic saboteurs for their dirty roles against the advancement of the entertainment sector. According to him, “pirates are a clog in the wheel of progress and they should not be handled with kid gloves.
For the almost twenty years he has been an active highlife (african jazz) musician, Miyake, has God to thank for his string of achievements.
Going down memory lane he recalls that in those early days whenever their is no electricity supply in his abode in Warri, Delta State where he stayed he and his mates will gather drums, gongs and the likes and start singing kegite songs.
“Back then I loved playing football but the music thing was a form of entertainment that everybody enjoyed. My parents never objected to my love for singing,” he stated.
Unlike the normal story of getting tutelage as a choirister Miyake’s learning process was through studying the some Warri based musicians like Tony Grey do their thing.
“Occasionally, I will boldly join Tony Grey’s bandsmen on stage and sing when an opportunity arises and I am allowed to fill in during a short break in the band’s performance. I also gained a lot from participating in talent hunt shows.”
He got his lucky break in 2005 when he dropped his first single entitled Paike Babes which ruled the airwaves for a long time. Since then he has produced about fifteen other songs including Jealousy Go Shame which gave him his lucky break.
“Jealousy Go Shame is a song I did in line with what happens normally in the society. It is a song that everybody can relate with and which till date is still being played on air and on the dancefloor.”
However, all has not been smooth sailing for the graduate of Economics from the Ambrose Ali University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo State.
“It has not been easy. The major problem we have in the entertainment sector is lack of finance. Getting support/sponsorship is not an easy task. To produce a high quality video for a few songs will gulp nothing less than N5million. In this present day who is prepared to give you the required financial support to do such production.”
On what inspires his songs.
“I don’t just sing for the sake of it. I sing to send a message across to people and to correct some behaviour that are not in tune with good morals. That is why my music, like that of some legends, continue to be relevant several years after production.”