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Despite the music scene having been reduced to a tightly contested area, it is fascinating that many artistes are still coming up. Big names like Jah Prayzah, Sulu, Soul Jah Love, Nox and many more have put an indelible mark in the music scene that many young artistes struggling for a breakthrough seem to be fighting against the tide.

Venturing into music requires not only passion, but a level of creativity and to a certain extent originality that impresses the audience while having a long lasting brand.

Cool Lifestyle caught up with young upcoming hip-hop artiste Jerome Muzinga aka King Cloudee (18) to get an insight into how upcoming artistes can survive in the arts sector.

“As young artistes we are mostly inspired by established musicians, this inspiration is more profound if artistes who are already in the limelight could take time to work with us,” he said.

He said that young artistes needed to be given a chance to perform at big events in order to be realised.

“The fact that we have young artistes who have already established themselves and doing well like Ras Pompy is enough evidence to suggest that every young artiste should be given the same chance to perform where established artistes can see what we can do and support us.

“I understand there are certain areas that have age restrictions, but such prohibitions tend to restrict talent too since chances of getting managers and promoters are high in such areas,” he said.

The upcoming chanter reiterated that every big name in the musical limelight started off as a budding artiste hence the need to look back and support young talent.

“A successful musician does not enter music already successful, one is groomed and later blossoms,” said Muzinga.

The former Churchill Boys High student has worked on tracks like “Coming Real Quick”, “I got it”, “Turned Up with no Lighter” and “I’m up” under the Tae Kings Recording label.

“Far removed from the world of fantasy, my lyrics are inspired by my emotions and the everyday harsh realities I face and I touch on issues to do with success, ambition and hard work,”

“I believe what I go through is what the next person can relate to, hence this makes it possible for me to follow my passion with the hopes of making it among the bigger names already there,” he said.

Asked about the offensive language that hip-hop is identified with, Muzinga said the artistes needed to refrain from such and preserve the African culture by writing lyrics that spring from the African philosophy of Ubuntu.

“Hip-hop artistes should understand our audience in Zimbabwe as young people who come from cultured families hence we need to regenerate the genre from being Western into the African context,

“The good thing about it is some of us in this genre like Junior Brown are already shunning copycatting American hip-hop and writing lyrics in the vernacular paying close attention to the cultural set up,” said the artist.

The talented artiste who has plans of pursuing a career in fashion technology is inspired by Wiz Kalifa and Tehn Diamond.

“I have respect for Wiz Kalifa and I learn a lot from him in the pursuit of fine tuning my talent, but at the same time I believe Tehn Diamond has set a good pace enough for me to look up to for inspiration,” he also said.

Muzinga’s hopes of making it one day is guided by a burning passion and desire to explore an unlimited creativity that can win him a ticket to fame.

Source : The Herald