One unique thing about the real Port Harcourt boys, is their penchant for versatility. Since the Garden City of Nigeria acquired the niche as hotbed in the entertainment industry, some of the finest artists, especially in the music industry, have continued to emerge – crowd pullers in highlife, hip-hop, reggae and the gospel genres of music.
Port Harcourt boys have ruled the musical scene and continues to rule. The list is endless. It has been so from the early 60s when the king of highlife music, Rex Jim Lawson and his ilk set night clubs on fire with his uniquely sonorous voice, to the glorious era of The Wings, Founders 15, The Apostles, just to mention but few.
The emergence of music sensations like Burna Boy, Duncan Mighty, Daniel Wilson and lately, Feelamboy, amongst others, has reawakened fond memories of those celebrated era of the old Eastern Region when a weekend is worthless unless it is spent in Pitakwa (Port Harcourt)!
Burna Boy, whose hit, ‘Twice as Tall’ is currently toping the world’s Billboard chart, is like a forerunner to fast rising Feelamboy who is gathering momentum and rearing to explode.
In a recent chat with National Network, Feelamboy, who was born Lucky Victor Hanson, explained that the semblance of his songs to that of Burna Boy was not an intentional act but mere coincidence.
“I love and admire him (Burna Boy) and I’m very proud of his exploits. But I sing my songs my own way. I don’t imitate anybody. I am inspired to sing the way I do. That’s the way God leads me to sing. It’s a good coincidence that I sing like Burna Boy and I am happy we sing the same genre of music”, said the Port Harcourt-born songwriter, producer and entertainer whose parents hail from oil-rich Eket, Akwa Ibom State.
Born October 16, 1990, Feelamboy said he drew inspiration from musical greats like Sean Paul, Buju Banton, 50 Cent and lately Tuface Idibia and Burna Boy. He adds that his aspiration is “To see myself as a global figure whose songs would be aired internationally and make positive impact in the lives of people, society, community, country and the world at large”. But, how did it all begin?
“I started singing in church, in the children choir at Salvation Ministries, Port Harcourt. After a while I joined a chorography crew called ‘Big Brothers’ in the year 2000. I later joined a singing duo called ‘D Lite Boys’ and was there from 2003 to 2006.
“I left the crew in 2007 and went solo. I did a lot of singles and performed in lots of shows with the likes of Star Quest in Port Harcourt featuring prominently at the annual Port Harcourt Carnival, streets carnivals andchurch shows”.
In his determined effort to set his feet on the international podium, the youngster accepted an invitation to the east African country of Kenya in January, 2020 where he did a collabo with a local idol named BleatureKasidi and the duo came up with two hit singles ‘Fire’ and ‘Choma’.
Downhome in Nigeria, the graduate of Mechanical Engineering at the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri has dropped hit singles that are currently making waves. Songs like Bless Me, Take Over, Small Pin and Follow Followhave become the toast of radio DJs in the A-list FM stations across the country.
He disclosed that his songs have been uploaded in blogsites and other digital platforms like Facebook, Youtube and Instagram.
Feelamboy revealed he got fulfillment after endorsement shows from Airtel, MTN and 9Mobile networks even as he recalled great stage performances with big artists like Timaya, Phyno, Terry G and J Martins.
The handsome dude who is now working on a hit single he titled ‘Tap Am’, said his advice to the youths is very simple: “Get your priorities right. Put God first and never give up in what you do despite circumstances and situations that may arise. Never give up on your God-given dreams, plans, ideas, career etc.”, he submitted.