In an exclusive interview with muafrica, Zambia’s Afro- Creative artist Chuzhe Int reveals the details and cover artwork for his debut EP, Chuzhe Fipenye, and talks about his massive year.
With Three official singles since then and three videos for the singles Conductor Fipenye, ECZ (Examination Council Of Zam of Us ) and Ba Youth. —the newcomer artist has managed to become one of the most talked about names bubbling out of the Zambia music scene.
Chuzhe is now readying the release of his debut EP, Chuzhe Fipenye, which will premiere on the 14th of December 2019.
We sat down with Chuzhe Int a.k.a Young Chencha to speak about his debut EP and the massive year he’s had.
- Was there a moment that made you stop and think of how big your songs are now?
The thought has never come to mind because I know that there is still a lot I will have to achieve before I can reflect on how far I have come as an artist.
- How did BT AFRICA help you achieve this?
Being an independent artist come with a lot of challenges. Very few artists are able to overcome these challenges. Having the perfect management has helped me manage most of these challenges. I am lucky to have such a great team by my side. However I have also come to understand that not every management is capable of managing artists in the end, it depends on you the artist and what you are most comfortable with.
- Tell us about the E.P Coming up. Why did you call it Chuzhe Fipenye?
I created this E.P in the spirit of inspiring and entertaining people across the country. I decided to call it Chuzhe Fipenye because on it, I have spoken on behalf of my fellow Youths about matters and moments of life that affect each and every individual in our communities today. I have also given advice on how to go about consequences that may arise from such issues and encourage everyone to learn to love each other and to enjoy life to the fullest.
- What are some of the main inspirations behind the songs on Chuzhe Fipenye?
I was inspired by a number of things that have taken place in my life and also by issues across the country that affects me and my fellow youths.
- Who did you work on in this EP With? Any stories from the recording sessions?
I worked with artists from the label I belong to and other independent artists. The names of these artists are Zaggar Zacx, Daelight, Lombe Chiti, Sanga Tembo, Haggai and Debbie.
The Producers are Mr Kofi Mix, Ama Jae and Mr Funk. My management was also heavily involved. The experience allowed me to learn more about my Genre.
- The fifth song is “Johnny” with Daelight, which is already out. Can you tell us about how that song came about?
The song Johnny came as a result of my performance on stage with the Great Danny Kaya at the MTN Color Festival 2019. He invited me on stage to throw a verse onto his song Johnny. After what I would call a great performance with the legend himself, he gave me the go ahead to create a new version of the song. After brain storming concepts with the management, it was decided that Daelight would be a great asset to the creative process. That’s how the song Jonny came to be.
- Where would you like for your career in music to take you?
From Masala to the world.
Chuzhe Fipenye is out on 14th of December.
Chuzhe Fipenye Track List
- Chuzhe Fipenye Intro (Ft Sanga Tembo)
- Ubufontini (ft Lombe Chiti)
- My everything (Ft Zaggar Zacx)
- Johnny (Ft Daelight)
- Shumba Umusana (Ft Daelight)
- Cry of a widow (Ft Various artists)
- Chi Father ( Prod Mr Funk and Ama Jae)