Rema Recounts His Struggles As A Gospel Artiste: ‘I Performed At Bars, Lounges To Get Money’

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Divine Ekubo, also known as Rema, a Mavin Records and Jonzing World musician, has revealed some of the unspeakable things he performed to make money as a gospel singer.
Rema explained that in order to make ends meet, he had to play in various clubs, lounges, and political rallies because he couldn’t ask people for money at the church because he was doing God’s work.

The musician stated that life in Benin was difficult at the time, and he had to gradually transition to secular music. Rema claimed that he switched from gospel to secular music before moving to Lagos and signing with Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records and D’Prince’s Jonzing World.

Because of his mother’s prominence in the church, the 21-year-old claims that his switch to secular music was weird to her. After his father and brother died, Rema stated he had to grow up and start supporting his family.

“I was still in Benin when that transfer happened,” he told Channels TV on Sunday’s Rubbin’ Minds. Many people assumed that once I was signed, I began to deviate.

“No. In reality, life in Benin was difficult. I’m not the kind to ask the congregation for money because I’m performing God’s work.

“I started traveling to competitions, clubs, lounges, and political rallies right there in Benin, just wanting to get on stage and hold a microphone, to at least to sprayed some money to come back home and feed my family, since we were going through bad times.”

“I had to come through for my family after losing my father and brother.” That seemed to be the point at which I started spacing out; little by little, until I was banished.”

“It was strange for me, and especially for my mother, who was well-known in the church.” I didn’t spend much time justifying myself. “All I told her was to trust me,” Rema explained.

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