veteran Singer Zaaki Azzay says those who think that entertainment has no electoral value are making a big mistake.
in an interview Sunday Scoophe said, “I don’t agree with that. Any political party that thinks like that will fail. Even artists that people think are gone, they still have a lot of fans.
“A lot of celebrities have die-hard fans. Politics is a numbers game, and celebrities have huge followings. Any wise politician should involve more cheerleaders to get a big turnout at the rallies, and to cast votes at the polls.’
However, Azzay advised entertainers that if they wanted to work with politicians, they should be apolitical.
He added, “Entertainers are influencers, and they are free to work with the politician they want. However, the line is crossed when an entertainer becomes too political and starts promoting hate speech.
“I find it insulting for any entertainer to campaign for a certain party, but when another party is called, they refuse to campaign. In my opinion, entertainers should be apolitical.”
The torch-carrying singer also praised the growth of the music industry, but decried the high cost of promoting music, saying some artistes were turning away from music.
He said: “Music has become too expensive to promote. There is a lot of influence of drugs and ‘yahoo yahoo’ money entering the industry. Promoting music that should have cost about N500,000 now costs N10m. They just “buy” the waves and become stars.”
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