- Dr. Tee Mac Omatshola ISELI (MFR) is a Nigerian flutist from Delta State.
- He tells Nollywoodgossip: “I live healthy; no red meat, no drugs or cigarettes and only occasionally a drink at a special occasion.”
- He says: “Classical music is my favorite style and I compose at least one Symphony for 120 Musician Orchestra a year.”
- He says: “With my 13 piece band Tee Mac’s Gold Convention I play a mixture of Afro Salsa and Pop Music.”
- He says: “I studied classical singing and do all the lead singing with my band.”
- “I have since 1970 released about 12 pop and 6 classical records.”
- He says that since he was a small boy he wanted to study the flute.
- He says: “Music is very spiritual. It has to be well composed and recorded so it can survive the test of time.”
- He says: “Cheap music last for a few weeks and then nobody want to remember those songs.”
- He says: “My driving force has always been to have concerts where my fans walk out of the show saying: that was something.”
By Aniema Akpabio (At Home With Aniema).
Please tell us briefly about yourself.
Dr.Tee Mac Omatshola ISELI (MFR) is Nigeria’s multi-talented maestro flutist with cross-cultural Itsekiri and Swiss roots. Tee Mac combined his first degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, with a specialization in classical music concert performance and philharmonic composition University of Lausanne. During a rich career spanning over 40 years, Tee Mac formed numerous bands including Tee Mac & Afro Collection in the 1970s with notable Nigerian artists. He recorded his first LP United with Polydor International in Germany with his European band Tee Mac United, in the late seventies. Tee Mac hit the global music charts with two songs Fly Robin Fly, and Get Up & Boogie (owes 50% of the copy right) and toured extensively with his third band Silver Convention in the mid seventies. He worked with celebrated Nigerian singer Shirley Bassey as her musical arranger & conductor and also worked as a composer for Cidi Croft Enterprise and later for Universal Films in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Even though Tee Mac spent a lot of time touring across the globe (Far East, Latin America, Europe, North America and South Africa), he always invested in local Nigerian initiatives, becoming one of the pioneers of the Classical Music Society of Nigeria which eventually founded the Muson Center, Nigeria’s leading music school. In 2007 Tee Mac was elected President of the Musician Union of Nigeria PMAN, investing time and energy in to helping develop the Nigerian entertainment industry.
What type of music do you do?
Having a degree in Classical Music, of course classical music is my favorite style and I compose at least on Symphony for 120 Musician Orchestra a year. With my 13 piece band Tee Mac’s Gold Convention I play a mixture of Afro Salsa and Pop Music.
Apart from the flute, do you sing?
I studied classical singing and do all the lead singing with my band, used to play till a few years ago Alto and Tenor Saxophone. My second instrument at the music academy was classical guitar and as a young musician I used to teach guitar.
How many albums do you in the market?
I have since 1970 released about 12 pop and 6 classical records. Have about 10 hours of un-released classical philharmonic music on hard discs and countless unreleased pop/afro Salsa songs.
Who inspired you into music?
Since I was a small boy I wanted to study the flute. My biggest inspiration was the greatest flute player of all the time: Jean-Pierre Rampal who recorded everything which was written for flute. He was my teacher when I did the Master class to get my master degree in Music.
What has been your driving force?
Music is very spiritual, good music only. It has to be well composed and recorded so it can survive the test of time. Good compositions are never growing old, like all the classical pieces, and songs like “Yesterday” of the Beatles as an example. Cheap music last for a few weeks and then nobody want to remember those songs. My driving force has always been to have concerts where my fans walk out of the show saying: that was something!
What is the secret to your young look after some many years?
I live healthy; no red meat, not drugs or cigarettes and only occasionally a drink at a special occasion. I work out daily and walk my dogs…have 11 Alsatian dogs.
Who are your role models?
The great composers such as: Bach, Mozart, Handel, Beethoven. They left music which has survived the tide of time.
How do you relax?
Playing with my dogs and composing classical music on my computer with the “Sibelius” composition software. Sometimes I go to the Cinema with my youngest son.
Nollywoodgossip wishes you the best.