Nigerian Afrobeat Star, Divine Ikubor who is also known as Rema has revealed how he transitioned from gospel to secular music.
Rema is one of the best in the Afrobeats space. He explained that the conversion occurred when he started to sing in bars and lounges to make ends meet.
However, hitherto to his switch to singing secular songs, Rema also disclosed that he was the leader of a gospel rap group in his church before that.
“No. Actually, life was tough in Benin. I’m not that guy to ask the people in the church to pay me because I’m doing God’s work.
“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.
“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.