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AML 072: Interview with Seyi Shay @iamseyishay

Deborah Oluwa-seyi Joshua, better known by her stage name ‘Seyi Shay’ (pronounced Shay-yee Shay), is a Nigeria based International Recording Artist, Songwriter, and Performer. Seyi Shay was the lead singer of the British Pop/RnB girl group; “From Above”, signed to Sony/Columbia Record company and Music World Entertainment owned by Beyonce’s father; Matthew Knowles. From Above released their debut album online called ‘Breaking From Above’, which was also the title of their MTV reality show which aired in over 166 countries worldwide. They supported Beyonce on her “I AM” UK tour in 2009/10. When the group disbanded, Seyi Shay made her entrance into the Nigerian/African market. She has since released several hit singles including her most successful one to date ‘Murda’ ft Patoranking & Shaydee, and her freshman album titled Seyi or Shay. She joins Ms. Uduak  on the 72nd episode of The Africa Music Law Show to discuss her career, her new album and signing a record deal with Island Records UK.

The Africa Music Law show is the premier music business and entertainment law show empowering the African artist, and the creative industry at large, with top notch exclusive interviews, business commentary and legal analysis. The podcast show has over 100,000 downloads and in 2014, made iTunes’ Top 4 in its ‘New & Noteworthy’ category. Its subscribers are primarily Africa & Hollywood’s  influencers i.e. industry executives, artist-preneurs, lawyers, and other creative talents

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  • Seyi’s views on current industry trends.
  • Decision to stream her album.
  • Working in the UK as an artist.
  • Death of her mother.
  • Relocating to Nigeria.
  • Working with Cecil Hammond and Flytime.
  • Building her personal brand.
  • Building her team.
  • Launching her record label.
  • Partnering with JM Films
  • Success in the business
  • Signing with Island Records.
  • Business advice to indie artists.
  • Producing the album Seyi or Shay.
  • Collaborating with fellow artists.

Where to Find Seyi Shay


You can also purchase their new book Music, Money and Success on Amazon.

Where to Find AML Host Ms.Uduak

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AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law blog and podcast show by Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok empowering the African artist and Africa's rapidly evolving entertainment industry through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Ms. Uduak is also a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her law firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. She has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts and handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa, and Asia.

Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, The American University School of Law and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA including ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the prestigious Academy of Arts University in San Francisco.
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