TWO upcoming hip hop producers have urged artistes to be passionate and innovative in order for Zambian music to be recognized.
Speaking in an interview with Lusaka Star Taonga Zulu also known as ‘Teazy’ says there is need for both musicians and producers to have an understanding of music and their environment in order to have an impact of the global musical scene.
“Most people doing music today are unaware of what is going on around them but are so eager to go to the studio hoping people will appreciate what they create, ” he said.
Mr. Zulu said both veterans and novices in the music business needed to have mutual respect for each other in order to make music worth listening to.
He added that there was need for a fusion between the new energy and the older crop of musicians for the creation of a new, evolved Zambian sound.
Mr. Zulu pointed out that the essence of collaboration in music is for two different lovers of music to create something that complements the others creativity.
“Ultimately my mission is not to work with big names but to work with anyone with whom I can create a new jazz/ hip hop sound with an African touch,” he said.
He challenged seasoned music producers to lend a hand to the young and inexperienced producers to help them make a mark on the music scene.
Meanwhile, fellow producer Champemba Chileshe also known as ‘Mr. Champs’ says in today’s world reading was a necessity for producers stating that understanding sound depended on constant study and practice.
He said ardent reading was important for the personal and artistic growth of producers.
“Music is meant to bring a positive mindset to the listener and reading helps in forming an attitude on the part of the creator,” he noted.
Mr. Champemba said young producers had the task to bring in a new wave of creativity to the music scene.
Mr. Champs and Teazy have worked on many projects with various local musicians and collaborated to create a mix tape called Genesis last year.