Orie Basi exudes confidence when she speaks and she does not make any pretence about her resolve to take her place in the roll call of honour in the Nigerian music scene. Her new single entitled Uchenna appears to be a bold announcement also.
"Uchenna (Ije Love) was inspired by true love", the tall, fair complexion singer and song writer who hails from Abia State said, a thin smile playing on her lips, adding, "Uchenna in Igbo land means my father's mind or wish, and as a girl, my dad always wished for a good man for me. I wasn't really talking about a particular man in the song though, I was talking about all the African good men who love and respect their women."
Born Praise Chinyere Okoh Obasi, the singer started music at a very early age. She took her singing talent to another level when she joined her high school music group; she also became a member of the Assemblies of God Church choir, Lome, Togo,
Orie Basi has worked with producers like Omar B, Phat E, Ekelly, Papa K, Doc Def among many others and what makes her stand out according to her, "Is my ability to sing in all the four major languages I speak and I always incorporate African culture into my music. Nigerians should be on the look-out, it’s going to be a surprise and I can't wait.
I speak and can sing in English, French, Ewe (Togo language) and Igbo with passable Spanish," she added. She grew up in Togo.
Just like most young artistes in the Nigerian music scene, her major challenge is finance: "My challenge in this industry is finance. As a young artist, I have to work really hard to save up for my studio sessions, and believe me it's not easy but by God's grace, I am getting by."
If you are thinking the Uchenna single that will sure blow the minds of Nigerians when it drops is the only rabbit in Orie Basi’s hat, then you are mistaken. "I have so many recorded songs, others are still cooking in the studio and some are yet to be recorded. I am an artiste who loves to write every single day as long as I am inspired. Often, you will see me with my note book or my phone writing lyrics, that's me. I was born this way and music is my life, the truth is I have actually lost count of how many songs I have, I record anytime I'm inspired, and I get inspired everywhere with little things around us."
Aside music, Orie Basi models, which is not a surprise because aside being beautiful, she is a tall and elegant woman in her early 20s. "I model too, for fashion companies or a hair company, anything that has to do with the entertainment industry I'm game".
The video of Uchenna is ready and it is a beauty to behold. “Yes, I have indeed shot the video for Uchenna (Ije Love) and the experience was amazing but was quite tasking too, everyone put in their best to achieve a very peaceful and successful video shoot. I give God the glory for that.”
Orie Basi is on a mission: "First of all, I am here to make good music and to entertain my fans, I am not here for any competition, I appreciate good music and I respect all the good female artistes in the industry such as Asa, Waje, Tiwa Savage, Omawumi, Seyi Shay, and Niniola among others. I am paying my dues at the moment and I will soon become the name on every lips. That is my mission, and again, I am not in competition with anybody. My style of music is different and I am here to feed your ears with good lyrics and good music, so just be calm and watch out for me. Music is my life and I intend doing this for as long as I live and the beauty of it all is, I have the blessings of my parents and they have been very supportive."