How COVID-19 lockdown changed my style of music – Victony


Singer Anthony Victor, popularly known as Victony, has revealed that he changed his style of music from hip-hop to Afrobeat because he wanted to try something new.

The 22-year-old explained that the worldwide lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic gave him the opportunity to discover himself.

Victony stated this during an interview with Nelson CJ covered by Teen Vogue’s Africa’s New Wave.

“The aura, the feeling during lockdown was very different, and that prompted me to want to try something new,” the ‘Soweto’ singer began.

“But when I got into the Afrobeat space, I realised that it was even harder because a key element of Afrobeat is reliability. (But you have to do that) and still make sense. You still have to be metaphoric, you still have to be creative with the writing,” he added.


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Speaking further, the songwriter said music helped in healing him faster after he was involved in a car accident that claimed the life of one of his friends and left him in a wheelchair for about a year.

He said the positive reception his collaboration with Mayorkun, ‘Holy Father’, got while he was still in a wheelchair, motivated him to finish up his project and follow up the success.

Victony, however, said the guilt over not being able to remember how the accident happened still haunts him, adding that “I just feel like maybe things would have been different if I was awake.”