One On One with Nissi Nation

One On One with Nissi Nation

Siphelele Shezi

Who is Nissi?

Nissi Ogulu, simply known as Nissi, is a rising artist in the international music scene. The London-based singer’s music is a blend of genres including funk, highlife, and R&B. She started singing at age 6 and learned to play multiple instruments at a young age. Music runs in Nissi’s family. Her older brother is Burna Boy, a reggae dancehall rapper and their grandfather is Benson Idonije, a Nigerian broadcaster, and esteemed music critic. Nissi studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, but this did not deter her from staying focused on her music career.

Though music is Nissi’s primary passion, which she describes as her “truth to the world”, she has also become a multi-media artist who uses painting as a medium to express herself. Establishing her own art brand named NORRD, she hopes to share her personality and vision with the world through her aesthetic designs, describing her art as “the universal art of Africa in music”. In addition to artwork, she also customizes clothing, as one half of the duo behind Moxie Lagos, an accessories line that is globally popular for its phone cases, among other items. Nissi’s artistic talent and entrepreneurial skills set her apart from other singers, demonstrating versatility, talent, and exceptional promise for the future.

 How was like growing up with Burnaboy and what have you learn from him?
Normal, he is my brother I am his sister,  we have always just been ourselves. 
 What first got you into music?
Play the piano in my mother music school
Who inspired you to make music?
I think it was just a natural cause of events but I’ve always been inspired by Alicia Keys
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
what feels right and suits the message that I want to deliver 
 What is your creative process like?
Ohh, grab your popcorn! lol 
Musically my creativity works in different ways. I can go from playing around with melodies or straight into the words
 Who would you most like to collaborate with?
So many people.
I would start with saying Alicia keys though just because she was my first major inspiration
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Another tough one.
but right now for some reason, Rihanna
 What is one message you would give to your fans?
Be yourself
What is the most useless talent you have?
rolling my tongue
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
If I ever do, I typically compose in the shower so it’s always a new invention

 What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
Don’t think there isn’t really anything that I want to do that I’m not doing - besides being an astronaut.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
London, Nigeria, Paris, Birmingham, Leicester.
I loved performing in Wembley arena
I don’t think I have a least favourite because each one gives me something different
 How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Positively it has given more reach but negatively sometimes it’s used to promote the wrong things
 What is your favourite song to perform?
Right now - Tornado because it gets the fans very involved
 Which famous musicians do you admire?
To name a few:
Fela, Asa, Alicia, Jay Z, Frank Ocean, J-Cole, Burna, Beyonce, Tiwa, Wande Coal etc
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
Haha, tricking my lesson teacher into believing I wasn’t supposed to have a lesson that day
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Be the best version of yourself.
Which South African artist you wish to collaborate with? 
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
To not be so fixated on having agendas
What’s next for you?
More music, more art, more projects
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