Torchlight-wielding veteran singer, Zaaki Azzay has warned young singers against trying to sound like someone else if they wanted to stay relevant in the game in the coming years.

He said that the Nigerian music industry was like a war front where an artiste must constantly improve or see his or her career die along the way.

He said that it was a waste of time trying to imitate the reigning artiste at any given time, adding that it is always best to have one’s unique style.

He said, “I’m able to evolve like this because I’ve often said that Mercedes is Mercedes. Mercedes is Mercedes 40-years ago, it’s still the same today. It’s the same with music, you should improve on your brand, improve on your songs, you must not start sounding like another artiste because he is reigning. You can’t all be like Wizkid, Davido or P’Square because they are on top now, just improve your brand. It’s like a war front, you have to retreat and plan; you don’t just go out, everyday you set out, if you are a proper person, you will set out where you are going to, you have meetings, appointments, you have to strategize, things have changed.”

The singer has moved on from the controversy that engulfed him for years after his messy divorce from ex-wife, Hadiza, who accused Zakky of turning her into a punching bag.