Harrysong opens up on why he recorded tribute song for Nelson Mandela

Posted on August 13 2017 , at 05:17 pm
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  • According to him, it was an emotional year.

Nigerian singer, Harrysong, says he was going through a couple of situations when he wrote the tribute to Nelson Mandela in 2013.

According to him, it was an emotional year he ended up making money and winning an award former label mate, Kcee and himself had longed for.

‘That was the first time I experienced two new things in my life, because at that point I was going through a lot in life.

‘It was a period when I was writing a lot of songs for people and when someone said I should do a tribute for Mandela, I replied that I had never met him before in my life but I heard the news of his death on the television.

‘So many artistes had done various songs for him but I remember that on that day we were waiting for someone to come for their studio session.’


The AlterPlate boss said he seized that opportunity and went on to win an award at the Headies.

‘I was advised to seize the opportunity and sing the tribute song for Mandela because I was inspired by his story and he was not only loved in South Africa but the whole world.

‘After a week I was informed that the song had trended on social media and I was also told the amount it had fetched.

‘I remember that I was in my house when my manager called me to tell me the good news and eagerly said that we were going to the Grammy Awards because of the song.

‘He shouted, ‘see money’ and we were very excited about the development. He told me to leave my house and meet him at a location and from there we went shopping and he took me to some other places.

‘From there, I was supposed to perform somewhere in the north and I was crying all through that journey.

‘I remember that Kcee had tried several times to get me a pass for Headies award, but with that song, I won an award. It was a privilege to sing the song.’

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