Exclusive interview by Olabamerun Oluwatise
Boluwatife Francis, is a graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University and a fast rising talented music artiste with the stage name ‘Hovaccy’ who over the years has beautifully carved a niche for himself in the music industry with Afrobeats. He shares his thought on what the music industry seems to look like in an interview with one of our correspondents.
Hovaccy started singing seven years ago in the church, and it all came when he discovered what he had in him. He said “Singing is just my own best way of saying what’s on my mind and my style of music is inspired by situations around me” Moreso, his mum inspires him also. “my mum is my biggest motivation cause she is my number one fan” He added.
He describes his music genre, Afrobeats, to be a unique sound which allows you to speak from your mind. According to him, It also brings about versatility. As we all know, Afrobeats originated from the legend ‘Fela’ and Boluwatife believes he inspires everyone.
Boluwatife presumes that music is a pleasant sound and a lot can be said through it. He said “for me I do my own music to make people happy, I don’t record to insult or condemn anyone. My music eases people’s tension.”
When asked about his thoughts on the music industry he said “Mehn, right now, it is beyond your talent but financial stability, once you fail to thrill your fans they forget you, basically all na grace” He mentioned few artistes who are stagnant in the industry as a result of financial instability to push further but they are so talented.
However, he look up to a lot of great artistes like Wande Coal, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Adekunle Gold etc and if given the opportunity to collaborate with a big artiste, it would be ‘Davido’ because he believes he is well connected and he is capable of moving him closer to his dreams. Francis frankly belives, music is beyond just being talented but connections.
He has successfully released 13 songs and has over 50 in the studio, featured Lyta,Otega and DJ 4kerty and recently dropped his EP on Saturday titled “The Sound”. Two of his hit songs include: 30 figures ft Otega, Alubarika and Temper ft Lyta.
Hovaccy has performed at reputable events such as “Jersey night 2016 which he amazingly headlined with Small Doctor and Mayorkun, Valentine trips at limelite, Ago Iwoye, 2018. Moreso, while in school, he was the faculty social director for his set and he also performed at OOU mega Carnival, had his first concert in the year 2018 at timesquares hotel, Oru, which Legely and Other artistes were present.
Successfully, this amazing artiste hosted his first Lagos edition concert at Ambiance hotel Ikeja last year January, and the likes of Otega, Dj 4kerty, Kleverjay, Yomisarsoga, Seun Pizzle, CEO rawkeys, Olofin Sniper were in attendance. Well apart from music, he loves football and he is a fan of Barcelona football club.
Commiting his future into God’s hands, Hovaccy encourages upcoming artistes, he said, “don’t let anyone criticize what you do ’cause you are your own legend. Also, they just have to be real and do their thing.”
“But for me I have a story to tell and I won’t wait till the world hears it” He added.
Hovaccy on IG: https://instagram.com/hovaccyeleniyan?igshid=1i6amme1q2xz0
Click on the link below to listen to Hovaccy just released EP ‘The sound”