The name African China will ring a bell only if you were born on or before the 90s, when the raga genre was still in full force and artistes like Daddy Shoky, Danfo Drivers, African China, etc. were on the top 10.
Speaking during a recent interview, the veteran raga/dance hall singer disclosed that although his music may not be trending at the moment, he did save for rainy days which has kept him afloat.
African China said:
“By opening a hairdressing salon, what I have done is invest for a rainy day. If you check properly, you would realise that some of those who began their careers about the same time I started mine are now broke. Today, a lot of them cannot feed themselves and their dependants.
“Before fame beckoned, I used to work as a barber at a salon and I am not ashamed to say that. Now that I am African China, I know this business idea would generate income on a daily basis because people always want to look good. The salon business is not the only business I have. I also have a boutique in Surulere, Lagos. I have a sound equipment rental business and I have a record label that is as old as Kennis Music.”
When asked about collaborations with new artistes, He said:
“I don’t have anything against them. I am friends with them and I am also an elder brother to them. Recently, I contacted Tekno for a collaboration but he has been busy. There was a time I needed to do a song with Ice Prince and I tried to reach him. His manager kept playing hide and seek with me. As a result, I lost interest. When Burna Boy was the rave, I telephoned his mum who was his manager at that time. They didn’t revert in spite of the fact that I telephoned them several times.”
Contrary to popular belief, African China looks to be doing pretty well as hinted in the inteview.