Before stardom…with Nosa
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Was being a musician a childhood dream?
It was not exactly. As a child one wants to be several things in the future. One morning one might want to be a doctor and the next day a musician.
What inspired you to venture into music?
I was in the church choir and I remember that my former choirmaster would challenge us to write and compose our songs. I took it up as a challenge to write my songs.
As I was doing that it dawned on me that I was getting better at it (music writing) and that I should do more. Also, people around me who heard what I did commend and encourage me. I was in university when I finally decided to pursue music and record songs.
What challenges did you face on your way to stardom?
I met many people who just wanted to take advantage of someone new to this, people who would make several promises to help but I ended up being tricked, used and taken advantage of. It was really difficult to find people who believed and were willing to invest in me so I had to just go on my own and little by little, I navigated my way out of it.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
The message is the gospel of Christ to inspire, help and turn people’s eyes to God and praise him. The genre is between highlife and I sometimes venture into hip-hop, jazz, RnB and soft rock.
What else do you do apart from music?
I am a music producer as well as a photographer.
Has stardom deprived you of anything?
Being a bit known deprives one of some things that one would have loved to do. For example, eating in a local restaurant and taking a commercial motorcycle when I need to but I try to be as real as possible. I do my shopping myself and when I see those who know me, I greet them and move on. But I’m not able to do what I would like to do in the public space.
Are you still friends with those with you before stardom?
Yes, I am not one to just change friends. The gap between my long-time friends I am no longer close with happened before I started recording. New friends have come because at every level one gets to, one meets new people and makes friends but I am still friends with my oldies.
What project are you currently working on?
I have a worship project I am currently working on.
What is your advice to up-and-coming musicians?
My advice to those on this journey with me is that they continue to be unique and develop themselves to the extent that they have many things to showcase when the opportunity comes.