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Catching Up With Retta Rich! “I dislike funny guys” Rising Music Star dishes on her Passions, her Dream Guy & Unveils New Promo Shots

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Every once in a while, the music diva, Retta now known as Retta Rich dishes out hit songs and keeps us entertained. 

With her released singles “Kolo For You”, “Tomorrow”, “Who be Fool”, she has captured the attention of many music fans who yearn for more of her songs.

In December 2012, Retta rebranded adding “Rich” to her name and also redefining her image which is classy and retro with a single introduced titled “Who be fool” and currently she has released the remix of her hit single “Kolo For You” which features Eva, Phyno, Cassey Ed.

She reveals to BellaNaija some details on her passions, her dream guy and more! 

You used to be known as Retta but recently re-branded to Retta Rich. What inspired this change and how did you come about the name?
The name Retta was gotten from my full name, Lawretta so is Rich gotten from my surname, Richards. After my singles were released – ‘Kolo For You’ and ‘Tomorrow’, I decided to reflect on my own vision on who or what Retta should be about. I decided to make a come back with a different side to Retta which could be considered fun, out going, colourful and spiritual so I added Rich to Retta which to me represents all that redefines my art.

Tell us more about you, your upbringing and educational background.
I am from Port Harcourt in Rivers state. I grew up with my 5 sisters, my Mum and Dad. I got a certificate in Theatre Art from the University of Port Harcourt and moved to Lagos in 2008 to kick off my music carrier in 2009 with Jton productions.

How would you describe your kind of music?
Retro, Soul, Pop… I call it the ‘New Soul’.

You seem to come out with new releases once in a year and then go on long breaks. Are you just deliberately taking your time or why are you treading this path in your career?
Haha! I wish I could say I enjoyed taking those breaks but the bitter truth is I didn’t. The breaks were due to one or two challenges I had with my record label at the time which was clarified before we parted ways. While I was on such breaks, I actually was still working because I was traveling in and out of the country for shows and also a few tours. In the long run, I can say that the breaks helped get me on track properly. From here, it only gets better.

You toured America and Canada alongside PSquare in 2010. How did you get such a platform and should we be looking forward to a record deal with Square Records in the future? What is your relationship like with PSquare?
Yes I did and it was a fantastic experience. I was also invited to the BET Awards thanks to Lillian Blackson and Joy Tongo. I did all these when I had little or nothing out and was still considered an upcoming artiste. These opportunities opened a lot of doors for me. PSquare are like family to me, always hav and always will be. The Okoye’s are so dear to me and I can’t begin to thank them for the love and support through out the years. For now, working with Square records isn’t certain. We plan on making good music together for sure but I think it’s time for me to define myself now.

How well is your music accepted outside Nigeria?
In other African countries, I think pretty OK. My sound and music isn’t typically African so it’s a little harder to reach out to the core Africans. When my other singles are released, we plan on pushing as hard as we can and hopefully people would recognize the handwork.

Your single ‘Kolo For You’ was well received but it took you so long to release a remix. Why?
There was never a plan for a remix. Since I was gone for so long I figured I needed to be able to get people’s attention to the new Retta Rich without confusing them by flipping ‘Kolo For You’ into something different.

As a woman, what are your greatest assets?
My spirit has always been the first; one thing I know is that it’s God and I. Secondly, my wild imagination. I have no limits to my thoughts. Thirdly is my beauty. I am beautiful, in and out. I personally think my mind is more beautiful than anything I have ever gained in life and that’s were all the magic happens.

Are you dating or perhaps searching at the moment?
Young, single, searching yet not scared to mingle.

What is your biggest turn on and turn off in a guy?
I’ll like to start with turn offs. I dislike funny guys. I love a man with a good sense of humour but when you’re funny, you immediately strike me as a clown therefore you’ll be stuck in the friend zone! I dislike childish men, clueless men, pretentious men and rigid men. But I love a confident man, a God fearing, serious minded, neat, fluent, smart, sensible, open minded and handsome man. I could go on forever (Laughs).

What heights do you hope to attain in your music career?
This would probably sound cliché but I am shooting for the stars. I have no boundaries – as high as it takes me.

Check out her new promo shots:
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Retta Rich – Kolo For You

Retta Rich – Tomorrow

34 Comments

  1. temi

    July 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    she shot,thou ve nt seen any of her song,guess we need another tiwa abeg.lo

  2. temi

    July 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I mean she is hot

  3. Dora the explorer

    July 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    HOTTIE!!! yet another photo spread.. I shoulda taken my photography more seriously!!!

  4. Stephanie

    July 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Is it me or …. Do I smell a “Goldie wannabe ” ?

    • Toto

      July 5, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Nope! shes always been like dis….its you and your nose smelling Sardine…lol

  5. Myne Whitman

    July 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I liked Kolo for You. Nice pics.

  6. Bey

    July 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    [email protected] goldie wannabe! I like her music very unique

  7. I wonder

    July 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I am just loving this, never heard it before but just so amazing. Keep it up girl!!!! In my opinion like simon will say this is world class…

  8. swagu

    July 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Stay in school Retta. Only a certificate in Theatre Arts? Thats not good enough and yet you have been away from the scene. Look at Mochedda. She was able to combine both. .. it’s all love .

    • Drpeperempe

      July 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      U don’t sound intelligent? What do you mean by only a degree in theatre arts? Can’t stand your shallow type

    • Anonymous

      July 4, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      READ: CERTIFICATE not DEGREE

    • Janey

      July 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

      what does it matter biko?

  9. yea

    July 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    where can one get beautiful hairpieces like the ones she used in Lagos?

    • Couture By Makioba

      July 4, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Click on my name and check out my website and contacts….. I can make things like that for you..

  10. goldfinch

    July 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I think she is to look out for, I’ve heard her songs on radio a couple of times

  11. Godslove22

    July 4, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Nice …..All the best to her musically…..She brings a different tone which I like and hope Naija likes it too…..

  12. Klaire

    July 4, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Cool

  13. kenny

    July 4, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    i love her pics twinsgist.blogspot.com

  14. Mma

    July 4, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Interesting makeup.

    africansweetheart.blogspot.co.uk/

  15. goldfinch

    July 4, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Y’all should check out the lyrical video I made for her song Tomorrow and tell me what you think and please don’t forget to click on the like button. It’s my first youtube video. YAY!!!! Thanks.
    youtube.com/watch?v=HnjSlU5t5js

  16. YEYEN

    July 5, 2013 at 2:09 am

    I love this girl! definitely international talent.

  17. brown

    July 5, 2013 at 2:34 am

    huh! Goldie keh …may her gentle soul rest n peace .. Retta is nothing like Goldie, From her music to her sound and down to her image
    pls do your research before writing crap .

  18. Don

    July 5, 2013 at 6:18 am

    She is totally brilliant, I mean her music. Pretty face too. @goldfinch, nice video for tomorrow, can u do one for kolo for you remix. Would totally rock.

  19. ANON

    July 5, 2013 at 8:05 am

    THIS IS WORLD CLASS…SHE IS BLESSED WITH THE TALENT TO SING.IN MY OPINION, HER MUSIC SPEAKS QUALITY…SHE SINGS MUSIC THAT ANYBODY CAN LISTEN TO AND RELATE-NOT THE RAZZ TYPE…NO OFFENCE. ALL THE BEST GIRL.

  20. Zero

    July 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Abeg she no fine jo, cheap video too..Where are the Beyonce’s and Katy Perry’s of Naija sef? ..y can I just see a female Naija artiste and say…Whao’ ..Its either dem no fine but get talent or dem fine but no get talent..Arrrghhhhhh.Gosh!!!!!!!

  21. Ella Martins

    July 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

    nice

  22. lilz

    July 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

    a whole new sound…i love it

  23. leeeee

    July 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Fresh sound… so loving it…

  24. me

    July 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Quality music soothing to the soul. God bless your hussle.
    You don’t need a degree to stay relevant; but a gift from God to be amongst the best.

  25. me

    July 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I can hear the Asa influence on her songs.

  26. ejoo

    October 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

    all these are nonsense. i know her like d back of my palm. her life doesnt reflect her music at all.she stays in my hood-omole estate and she is very dirty and stubborn.i m not suprise wt what d camera did to her.she has one of d roughest skin i hv ever seen in a lady.

    • bibi

      June 21, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Ha!!! You liar! You’re obviously just jealous. I’ve known her a long time as a junior in school in Port Harcourt and she alright, shy, if anything. And she defo doesn’t have rough skin! Take your misery elsewhere.

    • bibi

      June 21, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      She’s*

  27. anonymous

    February 26, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Jealously will never die. Ejoo you have a very bad attitude. Stop being jealous. Your own break will come in Jesus name.

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