How long have you been in music? When and how did you first become interested in music?
My father is a musician and also used to sing in the church choir. He influenced and inspired me, and at the age of 9 years I started playing the drums and singing in the church choir at Baptist Church.
What made you realize you wanted to pursue music?
Looking at the lack of content in most people’s music/ lyrics, I wanted to pursue music as an avenue to teach, edify and inspire people into spiritual formation.Since music is key element of worship I believe doing music biblically is very paramount in the building of the body of Christ and for the glory of God.
What was the first song you composed and sang?
My first song was Kimbilio, which is in my first album.
In my life, when I was just about to join Form 1, my father was involved in a fatal road accident. He was bed-ridden and I was without school fees. That’s how the song was born.
Over the years, my mum had to sell ‘mahamri’ to cater for our needs and to pay school fees.
Which of your songs do you like most, and why?
I love Ametenda very much. It is a personal appreciation to what God has done in my life. Looking back where I’ve come from and all the projects I’ve done so far, it is the Lord’s doing. In other words Ametenda is a huge summary of my music journey, ministry and life encounters.
Musically, who inspires you?
Fally Ipupa. I just love his mastery of vocals.
Does anyone in your family play music?
Yes, two of my brothers. Our last born, Joseph has just finished recording his first song and Elijah our Fourth Born is passionate about music and I would say almost every one of my siblings are kind of connected to the art. My sister Winnie (second Born) sings, and my brother Jimmy (Third Born) is a serious poet composer and spoken word artist.
If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
The content. I believe it is not the instruments or style that accompanies music but the quality of the content that is being passed through.
What music are you listening to lately?
I must say that I value my African culture and therefore love African rhythms. At the moment I’m listening to Aime Nkam, a Congolese gospel musician. I’m also listening to Olivier Kalabasi and Mike Kalambay, all from Congo.
What has been the biggest challenge for you in music?
Finances. Many times you know what to do and when to do a project but you can’t meet the cost and this can be really frustrating because your audience expect a delivery of a given level but they cannot connect with the cost involved not to mention the reality of composing Bible based lyrics.
What are your immediate career goals, say in the next 1-3 years?
To become a Bible expositor and disciple maker who also prepare people in a walk with Christ. This is because Biblical preaching’s authenticity is significantly tarnished by contemporary communicators’ being more concerned with personal relevance than God’s revelation, hence I would love to be that conduit of truth to the generation that is. I believe people need to be taught that work of God hence giving them a chance to be what God wants them to be in their walk.
As an artiste, how do you define success?
Success equals transformation. If I can’t change your habits (character & thinking) towards a God perception and Christ representation and interpretation of every life events and circumstances, then I have failed.
Are you married?
Yes, am married to one beautiful wife. Her name is Metrine Shume, and together we have 2 kids (Nathan and Libby).
What do you do in your free time?
Mentorship through exposition of God’s word is what I love. When am at home I spend time with my wife and the children.
What’s your favorite food?
Chapati with beans (mandondo)
Are you mentoring or nurturing anyone?
Well this is a challenging statement because people are difficult to be nurtured. It’s a generation that feels they are better than everyone else and I would say this has what I can call director mentorship which involves periodically dedicated time for that and indirect, which is less more of distance kind of mentoring and nurturing process. Yes, apart from the church Praise Team of the church that I Pastor, am nurturing my brother, Joseph in music and many people who I may not be able to mention each of them.
Let’s talk about your trip to America. What was it all about?
Thanks for asking this question. Well, I was primarily attending a Pastor’s Conference in California, and I also I had a chance to participate in a Biblical Counseling & Discipleship Training which is another key area of my life marriage.
How can people get your music?
Personal contact will be the safest way to get my music.