“How I switched from gospel to secular music” – Rema

“How I switched from gospel to secular music” - Rema

Nigerian singer, Divine Ikubor a.k.a Rema, has shared the story of how he made a transition from gospel to secular music.

Noting that the switch began when he started going to sing at bars and lounges to make ends meet, the Benin-born singer revealed that prior to then, he was the head of a gospel rap group in his church.

“How I switched from gospel to secular music” - Rema

The singer made this revelation during Rubbin’ Minds’ show on Channels TV, monitored by The PUNCH on Sunday.

In his words: “I was still in Benin when that switch happened. A lot of people thought that when I got signed, I started deviating.

“No. Actually, life was tough in Benin. I’m not that guy to ask the people in church to pay me because I’m doing God’s work.

“How I switched from gospel to secular music” - Rema

“Right there in Benin, I started going to competitions, going to bars, lounges, political rallies; just trying to get on the stage and hold a microphone, to at least get sprayed some money to come back home and feed my family, because we were going through tough times.

“I lost my father and brother and I needed to come through for my family. At that point in time, I felt like that’s where I started spacing out; little by little, until I just exiled.”

According to him, the transition was weird for him and his mum but he was unable to convince the latter about his choice.

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“It was weird for me and most especially for my mum because she was well known in church. I didn’t do any much explaining. I just told her to trust me,” Rema said.

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