New King Vogue?
Kenyan born singer/songwriter and record producer King Vogue, has disclosed that he is working on his first mixtape. His first batch of music will be in the form of a “Dhahabu Mixtape”. Stephen, a music enthusiast, sat down with King to talk more about the project.
Stephen: Wasup man, how are you?
King: Am good bro thanks a lot.
Stephen: So tell us about yourself, who is King Vogue?
King: Well am a poet, singer/songwriter, an entrepreneur and a very passionate person. I represent for the ghettos, the streets and the villages all over the world.
Stephen: Wow, OK. So tell us about Dhahabu?
King: Dhahabu is Swahili for gold and I chose that title because I feel that it best describes my situation. We all know that gold has to go through fire to become pure and it’s only then that it becomes valuable. So it’s the same thing with human beings, in this case me. The trials and tribulations that I have gone through all my life, are like a furnace meant to purify me and to make me a better person; a person of value.
Stephen: How many tracks?
King: Dhahabu will be a 10 -12 track mixtape with hip hop, soul and reggae vibe; it will address the issue of romance and the challenges of a young man looking to establish himself socially and economically.
Stephen: What inspires you?
King: I love the arts; my inspiration comes from music and art in general. I think that a beautiful piece of music or a well crafted piece of art are some of the best things in life. It showcases the highest form of human ingenuity and the god-like ability that man possesses. Don’t take my word for it, just take a good look at human history; you will see that the most advanced civilizations have the best form of art expressions.
Stephen: What type of music do you listen to?
King: I love music and I literally listen to everything; I have rap, pop, blues, alternatives, rock, reggae, soul and the classicals on my playlist. But its time that I move from being a mere consumer to an active contributer. I think that I have matured lyrically and “Dhahabu” is basically supposed to show that. Am giving this everything that I have; my heart, my soul, my all.
Stephen: What do you want to achieve with Dhahabu?
King: I want to tell my story with my music. I aspire to inspire and uplift, especially the youth. I want to be authentic, 100% myself and dope. If I can do that, I will consider myself very successful.
Stephen: What do you think about the music scene in Africa?
King: First of all I must say that I love Africa; being born African is the best thing that ever happened to me. With that said I think Africa is rich with diversity and culture and that is something that we can offer the rest of the world. African sounds have been influencing music for the longest time and Jazz is a good example. Lately, African music acts have been doing big things on the international stage. The future looks bright for African musicians.
Stephen: So when can we expect this project?
King: In the next few months it should be ready. Am not very sure of the exact date but I will keep you up-to-date.
Stephen: Before we end this interview, why don’t you drop us some few bars and give us a snippet of what we should expect?
King: Haha haha ok…’hardship I endure/ am a young entrepreneur/ I will make it that am sure/ am going to ensure…’
As he raps it becomes crystal clear that King Vogue is an exciting young artist and with hard work, persistence and good fortune he is gonna become a fine, fine artist; maybe one of the finest ever.