We sat down with NO ID to speak about his soulful track Bless Me, growing up in Zambia, working with Juice and what he has coming next.
Following the success of his song “Bless Me” and Weiwe a love based melodic and captivating song, this son of Africa respects the past, lives in the present, and looks to the future.
28-year-old Gerard Zulu, better known as NO ID AFRICA, was thrust into the limelight while staying in Ndola, where he musically grew up.
NO ID’s music is a fine blend of contemporary sounds and classic highlife influences.
- How is it growing up in Zambia?
Zambia is a beautiful place. Full of peace loving people. I love it.
- How long have you been making music?
I have been making music for as long as I can remember but professionally I have been making music for five (5) years. All the other years were much of just having fun.
- How did you get signed?
Man, it was magical. I just one day received a phone call from my now record label management. They came across my music online and they fell on love with it. And BOOM! The rest is history.
- What’s your creative process like?
It mostly depends on my mood. Sometimes, I’m at my happiest and I just do one-takes; when I do this, I try as much as possible to leave it as it is and try not to tamper with the vibe—at most change some wordings. Other times, I have to be in a calm space to write the lyrics out so it makes sense and follows the storyline I’m trying to create. There’s no format to it, it just happens based on the situation.
- How would you describe your sound?
I always say you can classify me as a versatile artist, I do Afro-fusion. I don’t want to place myself into one corner, I like to explore. So you could hear me on reggae, hip-hop, R&B and any other genre you can think of, as long as I like the beat and can write on it. Moving forward I want to explore a lot of sounds. I’d love to write about other topics, not only love and hustle. I mean something otherworldly but relatable.
- Tell us about Bless Me?
The afro beat fused soundtrack talks about seeking blessings from the Almighty. It was inspired by the experiences I went through and observed others go through.
- Tell us about how it’s been like working with juice?
Juice is a versatile producer who is easy to work with. He has done the production to most of my songs. All in all we coordinate so well, I guess that’s why we keep on bringing hit and hit.
- What’s in the near future for your career?
I’m working on dropping something new. I haven’t done a lot of collaborations, so you can look forward to that. Just expect something unusual.