Over the years, we have seen musical artistes drop the mic to become actors. Female musical artistes and some of their male counterparts have always been drawn to the movies. It can mark a major career move with dramatic consequences – it either blows your career sky high or drowns it.
A few weeks ago, musical artiste, Sheyi Shay, made her Nollywood debut with her star turn in the Biola Alabi vehicle, Lara and The Beat. The movie revolves around the young and beautiful Giwa sisters caught in the centre of a financial scandal in their late parents’ media empire.
The sisters are forced out of their privileged bubble and must learn to build their own future and salvage their family’s past.
With this movie, which also features star acts like Vector, DJ Xclusive, Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, Chinedu Ikedieze, Bimbo Manuel, Chioma Akpotha, and Deyemi Okanlawon, Sheyi joins a long list of musical stars who have “tried their hand” as movie stars. Some of them include: Onyeka Onwenu: Half of a Yellow Sun, Rising Moon, and Muna.
Whitney Houston: The Body Guard, Sparkle,, Waiting to Exhale, Cinderella, The Preacher’s Wife, The Princess Diaries, Nora’s Hair Salon, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, The Last Days of Left Eye, Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon, Whitney: Can I Be Me.
Dolly Parton: Rhinestone, Nine to Five, Straight Talks, Steel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Joyful Noise, Straight Talk, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, The Beverly Hillbillies, Rhinestone, Frank McKlusky, C.I., Dollywood’s a Christmas Carol, Dolly, The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors and Christmas at Home.
Others are: Dolly Parton: Treasures, Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund, A Smoky Mountain Christmas, Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge, Unlikely Angel, Jackie’s Back!, A Country Christmas Story, Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story, Wild Texas Wind and Blue Valley Songbird. Aaliyah: Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned.
Janet Jackson: Poetic Justice, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married, Too?, For Colored Girls, Why Did I Get Married? and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Queen Latifah: Ice Age: Continental Drift,, The Dilemma, Valentine’s Day, Just Wright, Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, Mad Money, , What Happens In Vegas , The Secret Life Of Bees, Hairspray, Arctic Tale, The Perfect Holiday, Last Holiday, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, Stranger Than Fiction, , Beauty Shop, The Muppet’s, Back In Business (Movie), The Cookout, Taxi and Bringing Down The House. Others are: Scary Movie 3 , Chicago, Mama Africa, The Country Bears, Pinocchio, The Bone Collector, Bringing Out The Dead, Sphere, Living Out Loud, , Hoodlum, Set It Off, My Life, Who’s The Man?, Juice, House Party 2 and Jungle Fever.
Eve: Barbershop 2: Back In Business, The Cookout, The Woodsman, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, XXX, Barbershop and Orgazmo.
Beyoncé: Epic, Obsessed, Cadillac Records, The Pink Panther, Dreamgirls, Fade To Black, The Fighting Temptations and Austin Powers In Goldmember.