UNTOLD PROFILES with FELIX NYAMBE
OVER the years, Lusaka has seen an influx of artistes from various parts of the country who come in search of fame and fortune.
Of course not everyone has been able to make it, but a good number of them can be considered to have been fairly successful.
For instance, from the Eastern Province, there is the controversial Ruff Kaida, Angela Nyirenda, Chimz Kelly of the Dorika fame, Wilz of the hit track Toliwe and US-based J Whyson. Others like Chax (Charles Chambuluka), a drummer-cum-rapper, was discovered right in Choma by Amayenge’s Chris Chali while folk guitarist Mumba Yachi hails from Mokambo in Mufulira.
The trio of Karasa, Petersen Zagaze and their sibling Mundia Lumi has had a share of fame since arriving from Western Province some few years ago.
Recently, all the way from Mongu, one Kuza “The Bull” of the dance song Samukokoto, brought us something refreshing.
There are many others with roots outside Lusaka; JK, Joe “Ambassador” Chibangu, Chanda “Beu” Kaoma, P-Jay, D2, B-Flow and Chester among others.
Now, out of the land of paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni speaking people, dancehall artiste Boydeezy and his side-kick, Shen P, from the Western Province, are hoping to follow the same successful path.
Shen P and Boydeezy may have come from two different backgrounds, but all they want is to bring a new feel to dancehall music.
Born Boyd Msimuko, Boydeezy, 25, hails from Mfuwe where he started his music career.
“My music began when I was in school at Mfuwe Secondary largely because of the inspiration I got from the likes of Petersen, T-Sean and T-Bowy,” says Boydeezy, who also looks up to the music of B-Flow for inspiration.
Occasionally, Boydeezy and Shen P (Pumulo Mubita), who was at Kambule Technical Secondary School, would link up in Lusaka during school holidays for their early recordings.
These casual meetings birthed singles like Mukazi Wako, Ngawaya, Let Me Go and Wenze Kuti, all dancehall-laced grooves.
“We did our maiden recordings with our producer Bongo (Kelvin Nyansa) at Bongo Records based at State Lodge in Lusaka,” says Shen P, who is aged 22.
Shen P, who is also inspired by the likes of Macky II, T-Sean, Kaladoshas and Petersen, is impressed with that they have been hearing since their union in Lusaka.
Ever since they teamed-up six years ago, the duo has steadily grown into one of the most promising acts in the industry, whose music has already found its way on most local radio stations.
They hope to release their project before the end of the year.
But of course, they may not be compared with the likes of Black Muntu (Leo and Mwembe Muntu), whose Kalifunku music and dance style swept through clubs and airwaves like wild fire at the dawn of new millennium, but Shen P and Boydeezy want to leave a mark in the industry.
And how they are going to do it? They would like to keep their music “as clean as possible”, though with much emphasis on producing love-struck songs.