Nigerian singer and songwriter and former TripleMG artiste, Augustine Miles Kelechi popularly known by his stage name Tekno, has revealed the struggles he went through to get his voice fixed, after it got damaged about a year ago.
The singer, who was said to have undergone surgical operation recently, confirmed he truly went under knife in order to sing again. When the news about his operation broke, many of his fans didn’t believe, thinking the singer was using the story as a publicity stunt.
In a new tell it all interview with renowned cool FM On Air Personality (OAP), Daddy Freeze, Tekno said he over stressed his voice on two consecutive performances, which led to sore-throat for him, and later turned into a battle to get back what he loves doing – music.
“I went under the radar for a bit because I was sick and It all started at an event in Ghana, I performed with Wizkid and Davido but somehow I cracked my voice on stage that night. So when I got back to the hotel, I told my guys I didn’t want to go out again because I really injured my voice and just wanted to rest. The next day, I had a show In Togo, I performed, still stressed the voice and came back to Lagos but it wasn’t getting better, so I went to see a doctor, he put a camera down my throat but he didn’t really see anything so he just gave me antibiotics and said I should be fine in a week or two but I didn’t get better and by this time I had started cancelling shows,” he narrated.
In the chat, the singer re-counted how saw different doctors, took series of tests and medications – it was indeed a traumatic experience for the 26-year-old. The singer also he revealed he reached out to different voice trainers online, hoping they would have a solution that will help him sing without having to use his voice actively, but they couldn’t.
“So I decided to fly to London, saw the first doctor and he said ‘your vocal cord is just irritated’ he gave me drugs and said I should be fine in about two weeks, but nothing changed. So I decided to fly to Los Angeles and again I saw the first doctor, he said the same thing. At this stage I was losing my mind already because it didn’t make sense anymore, I couldn’t sing, I couldn’t talk, sometimes they tell me to stay quiet for a week (laughs). Some people around me started saying it may be from Ubi Franklin because my contract was going to expire in a few months and he didn’t want me to sing again, some others said It could be Iyanya, someone else said It could be a girl, another person offered to take me to see Babalawo, I was really getting frustrated. Someone even told me to buy a goat and three machetes for sacrifice,” he stated.
When all the efforts failed, he settled for the surgery, conducted on him by robots that planted magnetic substance in his throat to enable him eat and aid him singing. This made Freeze nickname him ‘Robocop’.
“This all happened over a period of like four months, no work, no recording, no performing, I was just spending money from hospital to hospital. Then I started doing vocal therapy and it got to a point I just thought doing surgery was the best option.
“I eventually flew to New York to see another doctor who promised me I’ll be fine and sing again. At this point, I had spent a lot of money and done all sorts of weird and disgusting tests and scans. The surgery option I opted for was the one that had to do with them putting a magnet inside my throat. The surgery was done by a robot, they cut me in five different places. After the surgery, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t breathe, couldn’t sneeze. It was hell,” Tekno said.
Tekno, elsewhere in the video, took a subtle jab at former label mate, Iyanya, for calling out their ex-boss, Ubi Franklin, in a media interview. He [Tekno], said Iyanya’s outburst was unnecessary at the time he spoke up.
On his record deal with Franklin, he said he’s out of the record label, MMMG (TripleMG), since his contract expired. The singer who is also a music producer said he’s not going to speak ill about Franklin and Iyanya, but said if he chose to speak (later) about what he faced during his stay at the music company, it would be dirty.
Watch the full interview below;
The “Pana” coroner is now fully back to doing music fully and he’s also ready to drop his official comeback single titled ‘Agege’. The song features street rapper, Zlatan Ibile.