Untold Profiles with FELIX NYAMBE
IT IS not always that you get to see a curtain-raiser stealing a show, especially when he is a little-known upstart.
But such was the case last Friday during the National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA) and the Evelyn Hone College â€œStudents Welcome Bashâ€ held at NIPA main campus when Sharp Recordsâ€™ most enterprising youngster Wiz Breezy took the stage.
The 23-year-old was among the opening acts for Chef 187 and Jae Cash at the function.
â€œIt was one of those feelings you rarely get when you are opening for such reputable artistes as Chef 187 and Jae Cash,â€ says Wiz, who describes the show as a â€œonce-in-a-lifetime bashâ€.
Having gone on stage at about 01:00 hours, Wizâ€™s one-hour-performance received some positive response from the youthful audience of mainly students.
Born Wesley Musonda in Chingola, Wiz began his primary school at Lulamba Basic before moving to Mufilira High School where he completed his secondary school in 2009.
â€œBut as early as 2008, I had already been introduced to Dragem Records of Mufulira before moving to Danger Zone label under the watchful eye of Macky II in Chingola,â€ says Wiz.
While in school, Wiz says he and his colleagues used to sing in class whenever the teacher was away. He also sang the national anthem during the school assemblies.
In 2008, while at Mufulira High School, Wiz had an opportunity to represent his school during a singing competition and claims he â€œdid not disappointâ€.
By 2010, Wizâ€™s songs such as Bakasesema and My Baby were already doing some good rounds around the Copperbelt.
According to him, the two songs which were produced by â€œthe eye of an eagleâ€ Afunika, did not miss out on most playlists in entertainment spots and on radio.
â€œIt was a huge step recording and being produced by Afunika; as you know, he is one of the most consistent and happening artistes of our generation,â€ says Wiz.
Armed with some resources as well as sheer determination and zeal, Wiz decided to set up his own record label Sharp Records in 2013.
â€œNot that I was not satisfied with my initial products from Danger Zone and Dragem Records, it was just that I wanted to take my music to another level,â€ he explains the idea behind setting up his own studio.
With the opening of the studio, he produced the song Solola, which was a success on the airwaves making the youngster one of the most amazing acts on the CB.
And since then, there has not been any looking back.
â€œI was privileged to have been introduced to such notable music figures as Uncle Remo and Ireen Mambilima hit-maker Drimz (Lota Mandevu), arguably two of the current fascinating acts around,â€ says Wiz about his move to relocate to Kabwe.
His very first year in Kabwe yielded positive results with his song V.I.P going viral and sending shivers down the spines of the once â€œBroken Hillâ€ music fanatics and artistes alike.
Initially, Wiz recalls, it was the likes of Radio KNCâ€™s DJ Chimzmartic who hooked him up with the airwaves based in Kabwe.
This exposure bore some fruits with numerous promoters seeking for his signature before eventually settling for DJ Easy Real (Umu-Zambian) who took him under his management.
â€œIn the same year in 2014, promoter DJ Easy Real (Umu- Zambian) believed in me and took me under his artistsâ€™ management before I made another daring move to Lusaka,â€ reveals Wiz.
Currently, the singer is signed under the seasoned producer Trixter at New Wave Energy Records where he has also released the songs Nanaka and Akamana.
Untold Profiles with FELIX NYAMBE