AFRIKAJUMP had the real pleasure of sitting down with Nigerian rapper Teria Yarhere, more popularly known as M-Trill Teria. M-Trill has trilled audiences with hit songs that won him fans and awards until he changed directions to pursue other creative paths. He is back on the scene with his new musical work- ABOH. This word in Teria’s language from Delta state means CLAP.
M-trill talks about stuff he did while away from music, and more.
Further below is the premiere of the track and video on this page.
AFRIKAJUMP M-trill, how does it feel to be back on the scene with your new work, Aboh?
M-TRILL I think relieved is the right word. I feel relieved to be back, music doesn’t allow you a life if you do not answer it. Every song is a reminder of what you can do, so I’m happy to be making and putting out music again.
AFRIKAJUMP What were some of the lessons you learned from your recent past time of absence from mainstream music?
M-TRILL Quite a number, more business lessons though because I started a media support company. I learnt a lot about customer service. Your client’s troubles automatically become yours. I was waking up at 4am to respond to client needs. I loved the experience. I learnt how to better manage people, I learnt more about myself and what drives me. I think what I learnt the most was balance. The art of walking the thin line and catering to all needs at the same time.
AFRIKAJUMP Congrats M-trill. Can you tell us a bit about your new song Aboh, and what inspired it?
M-TRILL Aboh was partly inspired by my very first single “Bounce” off my first album. I began that song with a phrase “where my clap at”…turned out to be very effective for performances as it was the ice breaker between the crowd and myself. I also always liked the way the churches in Warri clap and praise. The claps alone are melodious so I wanted to try and infuse all that into this song.
AFRIKAJUMP Clearly it’s working for you. Welldone. Is this single part of a coming album?
M-TRILL Yes, the album locally made should drop this year by God’s grace. There’s a lot of music I want to free myself off. So, yes we will be dropping the album this year.
AFRIKAJUMP The influence of your culture is evident in your new video. What does culture mean to you?
M-TRILL For me, it’s the balance. I really don’t rap in pidgin or any of the local languages so infusing our culture in the beats and visuals is my way of balancing it for my target audience. I needed to find a way to let people know where I am from and I didn’t want any misconceptions.
AFRIKAJUMP If you had the power to change three things in Nigeria’s music industry for good, what would they be?
M-TRILL Royalties. I would change the ways royalties are collected so more artistes can live off their art. 2. Better media platforms for performing arts…so more TV and radio shows that go beyond playing music videos and more music related content, educative and entertaining content. 3. Celebrate the diversity in music, most of the songs in the industry sound the same and that’s because we do not celebrate the diverse talents that abound, I would like to change that.
AFRIKAJUMP Thanks bro. Lastly, can you describe your city in just one word?
M-TRILL Port Harcourt is my city and that’s Home. PH is home to me.
WATCH “ABOH ON YOUTUBE
LISTEN TO “ABOH” ON SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/user-34074749/mtrillaboh
CONNECT WITH THE ARTIST
Instagram – @Mtrillteria
facebook – @mtrillteria