|Floxy Bee on Stage|
Representative of African Culture in Diaspora
Title: Yeye Asa (Mother of the Source) in Ile Ife Iyanfoworogi
Show at Harlem’s Legendary Apollo Theater, USA
Citations, Awards worldwide as Custodian of African Cultural Heritage
Doctorate Degree from All Saints University, Got Encomium from City of Boston
and Newark, many other World Music Awards
Line, Bags for Fans
be used a Vehicle to Re-brand NIGERIA
Forward for Nigeria’s Entertainment Industry
famously known as ‘Floxy Bee’ across the world is endowed, talented and
passionate about her love for Nigerian culture. She cherishes African cultural
heritage greatly. Far away in many parts of Africa, she is an embodiment of
Mariam Makeba’s style of cultural music. She loves Nigeria, dress Nigeria’s
native attires wherever she goes. She plays Hikosso, which literally translates
a potpourri of African genres of music. When on stage, she sings in Yoruba
dialect, one of Nigeria’s major ethnic languages with resonatic rhythm of
percussion, ‘bata’, konga, drums , ‘gan-gan’ and other African music
instruments supplying true Nigerian melody to her stage choreography. Floxy Bee
is respected and loved greatly around the world.
In this Exclusive Interview,
this Modakeke born music diva from Ife, Osun States takes us through why she is
still being celebrated worldwide as Nigeria’s Cultural Music Ambassador, how
she has been representing African culture in most global circles, true meaning
of Yeye Asa of The Source, her Citations, Several World Music Awards; how she
was bestowed Honorary Doctorate Degree from All Saints University in Boston,
her Nostalgic music show in Harlem’s Legendary Apollo Theater, America, her
Clothing Line and other issues.
your Hikosso brand of music?
in one word, Hikosso means variety: a potpourri of African genres of Music,
consisting of Highlife, Makossa, Soukous, Jazz, Afrobeat, to mention a few. All
of the above are called Hikosso!
brand of music?
inspired by my Culture and Traditions.
your songs in Yoruba dialect being one of Nigeria’s major ethnic languages?
flawlessly in Yoruba because l am a Yoruba Woman.
inner satisfaction playing your brand of music?
l have fun doing it. It gives me a great pleasure that l can share my music
with the world.
through some evergreen music shows you will never forget?
memorable big shows. The biggest thrill l had was when l performed at Harlem’s
Legendary Apollo theater where virtually every major black artists had been
before, that made me feel that Hikosso Music had arrived in America.
Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) and Performing Musicians Employers’
Association of Nigeria (PMAN). It is difficult to monitor (piracy) if you are
millions of miles away (from Nigeria). COSON is doing some of the monitoring,
dress in Nigeria’s native outfits?
attire because I am comfortable in it and l have been a Cultural ambassador of
through some music awards you have won?
African music and Culture for years and have received a couple of citations and
awards, hence the label Nigeria’s Music Ambassador.
stage name ‘Floxy Bee’?
Florence Benjamin hence Floxybee. In retrospect, as I have become a
representative of African Culture l might have been better served if l had used
my African name Oluwatoyin, however there’s only one Floxybee, since Floxybee
is a global brand.
Q: Can you take us
through your been bestowed Yeye Asa of The Source (Mother of The Source)?
Fatunmise is from Ile-Ife Iyanfoworogi, a great artist himself, deemed it fit
to bestow upon me the title “Yeye Asa” meaning Mother of the Source
due to my contributions to the spread of African Music and Culture in the
Diaspora. It was in recognition that l was not polluted by other (alien)
cultures but standing true to my roots.
your Clothing Line making a huge wave in Nigeria
it goes into production will be available online, at my shows and at one or two
select stores in Lagos State.
for this Clothing Line?
interested in my Clothing Line kindly send us an email to: [email protected] promise
to personally keep you updated.
Q:Tell us about your
Honorary Doctorate award and how Music can be used to Re-brand Nigeria
Doctorate degree from All Saints University, citations from the city of Boston
and Newark, Several World Music Awards and l am the holder of Yeye Asa of The
Source, a Yoruba Chieftaincy title.
harp on moral decadence and lawlessness in Nigeria and Africa?
people of our rich and unique cultural traditions. Historically, our culture as
had important influence in the Diaspora. Most societies have lost their way,
sometimes the way forward means going back. Going back also means going back to
our values, as in respect for our elders, our environment and the unity of the
develop the spirit of patriotism. To re-brand Nigeria, 99.9% of the population
must feel responsible towards the nation. The nation as a whole must
participate in the development of Nigeria as in cleansing of Bribery and
Corruption, change in attitude in the way we see money as priority, not as a
means to an end.
entertainment industry to move forward, all artistes, entertainers, musicians
need 24 hours electricity supply in 365 days in a year to perfect our art. For
music practice and perfection, we need constant light or else we will fall
short from the world standard of what it takes to be a first class artiste.
to feel good and smell fresh. We need security to be able to move at night and
not in be constant fear of being attacked by armed robbers. President Muhammadu
Buhari should also have a sense of responsibility towards the citizens, be they
artistes, artists or laymen. The welfare of the citizens should be uppermost on
his agenda. The President should provide funding for traditional musicians
because our culture is no longer fashionable and is in danger of being lost.
be humble, to never say never, nor ever give up. To turn dreams into reality
takes hard work. And I know that nothing in this world is free.
to your fans around the world
yourself, work hard and leave the rest to God.