“It’s a Christian song inspired by people who don’t want me to worship God” — Singer behind viral song ‘shey you dey whine me ni’ speaks
Austine de Bull, the singer behind trending internet sound ‘shey you dey whine me’, has revealed the inspiration behind the song currently making waves online.
The Ogoni singer from Rivers state, in an interview with The Nation, said he was formerly a drummer before he received the calling to become a gospel singer in 2020.
However, when he told his family and close friends about the calling, they tried to dissuade him because he has no experience with music.
He said he believed in himself and his calling and knew he was supposed to become a Christian singer, so the chorus of the viral song ‘shey you dey whine me’ sprang up from that moment.
“As a drummer that had no idea or connection with singing, when the call came in 2020 to be a singer it was difficult to me myself because I never know how I will start because I have not done it before I had to discuss with some of my friends about the call to be a singer and they were laughing at me that this one I am a drummer and not a singer I won’t be able to do it so it was somehow to me, so I had to discuss with other neighbors who were still laughing at me so it was somehow because nobody believed in me, they were discouraging me so I was like ‘so they don’t want me to worship God shey Una dey whine me ni’ so that’s where the inspiration came so that’s the inspiration”.
When asked about the genre of his hit single, Austine said it is a Christian song fused with street slang and his local dialect ‘Ogoni‘.
“Yes, it is a Christian song but it is a mixture of a street slang and local dialect which is the Ogoni dialect, it means in English ‘who say make I no praise God shey you dey whine me ni’ and in Ogoni “Mena kon ma le da badi Shey you dey whine mi?” he said.
Speaking on how the song suddenly blew up on social media and became a trending sound, Austine explained that he simply posted a video snippet of the song on TikTok and it went viral.
“The calling came in 2020 but I never paid attention to it so when it keep coming around until 2022 this year I decided to pay attention to it that’s how it started that I came up with the song. During the video shoot, I did some behind the scenes with my phone camera so I posted it on my TikTok page just to create awareness that something big was coming though I never had any audience it was some people I had on my Tiktok that started posting and that’s how it blew up”
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