Meet the Mshasho man who relocated to Windhoek in 2011 from Zambia to pursue a degree in media studies at the University of Namibia, putting his music career to the side for a second before coming back with a bang in 2013.
He’s a versatile guy, also having landed a role as an actor in television and print advertising series for that popular beer as one of the bros.
Currently his energy has shifted to releasing his much anticipated debut album #NEWGODS. Want to know more? Check out his current music and as he says, ‘buy the album when it drops!’
- Tell us, who is K’Chinga? Where are you from?
Hahaha, my government name is Kachinga Chileshe, I was born on 29th April 1990 in the Copperbelt province of Zambia.
K’Chinga is a hip hop artist, TV presenter, actor, graduate…and the list goes on lol. I’m pretty much your regular kid who grew up in the dusty streets of Kitwe City on a mission to be the greatest to ever come from our soil.
Emerged on the Zambian show biz scene in 2007 as a TV presenter and later in 2010 was nominated for Born&Bred Music Video awards for Best Hip Hop Video.
- What is 260? Tell us all about that.
260 is the area code of my country of birth, Zambia +260. I added it to my social media handle but it’s just me being patriotic especially that I spent most of my years outside the country. This was actually inspired by 061music.
- Describe your style of music to us. What are you trying to bring across to fans?
My style of music is hip hop, though I do not restrict myself to rap beats only. I listen to various genres of music and blend my style with other sounds.
There is a lot of vernacular, mostly bemba and Nyanja, in my music as these are dialects in my native country and give my music some identity as to where I am originally from.
With the growth of my fan base internationally I am focusing on more English in my music to cater for them. What I want to bring across to my fans is the attitude of going out there and chasing your dreams regardless of what your path of choice is and just having the resilience to not give up no matter how many times you get counted out.
I want to be an example of “you can do anything you put your mind to”. My music comes from an honest place and this is because I want real people to relate to it.
- What has been your favourite moment so far as an artist?
I can’t choose one particular moment, but it has to be sharing the stage with the various international stars who I mostly watched on TV as a kid, and being able to collaborate with some of them in studio is just bliss! No better feeling.
Getting my name recognized in different countries based on my talent is also amazing, being able to pay my university tuition fees in my final year from an endorsement deal and just the great nights on the job that had me meet so many awesome people on this journey make up for my favourite moments as an artist.
- When/if your inspiration starts to dry up where do you look to get excited about things again?
Social media yo! There is always something to talk about on there. But then one little bird once whispered in my ear to say if you have writers block then write about writers block. Though in all honesty sometimes the magic isn’t just there and you can’t force it.
- What inspires your style of music?
Usually it’s what I’m going through at a particular moment. I just translate my emotions into beats. I’m a “go-getter” and at this stage in my life it’s all about the hustle, so I have a couple of songs that mostly hustlers will relate to, like ‘One Kwacha’, or I’ll make a song like ‘Stay Winning’ for those that pay attention to punchlines.
Then sometimes I just wanna make feel good music that is not necessarily about the “bars” as most hip hop heads would say, but just generally something catchy that I know an audience would connect with immediately to have that commercial appeal something like “Who Runs This”.
I’m currently working on my debut album and this project kind of gives me more freedom to express myself as an artist and talk about more personal things than I have in the previous singles I have released.
- What three things can’t you leave the house without?
Phone, wallet and saying a prayer.
- What advice do you have for K’Chinga five years ago?
Not to trust people as much as I did because not everyone in the “squad” is a real friend and also to stay away from the girls that broke my heart lol.
- Do you remember the moment you realised you wanted to be a musician? Tell us about it.
Always been about the music since a young age. I would perform at school talent shows from as early as 6th grade all throughout high school, but when it hit me that I could actually do this full time was in 2007 when I got a job as a presenter of youth TV show called Yzone that airs on the National broadcaster ZNBC every Saturday.
The popularity of the show brought with it some new found fame for me I realized that I had a platform to communicate my music with the country at large and not just friends and family.
- If you had one super power, what would it be?
To control time. Turn it back if I want to, pause, forward. All of that!!
- 2017 will be…
Insha Alla we live through 2017, it’s going to be an important year in my career as I plan on releasing my debut album #NEWGODS, so trust me Summer ‘17 will be LIT!!!!
- Which three people, dead or alive, would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Jesus, Bob Marley and Madonna in her 20’s.
- What song are you currently obsessed with?
Sheesh I listen to music depending on the mood I’m in and can’t really say what particular song I’m obsessed with, but I guess I’d say ‘Vybz Kartel – Fever’ always gets me in a good mood. I’m a big dancehall fan. If I had to pick a hip hop song then “Young M.A – OOOUUU”.
- Who would play you in a movie?
I’m an actor too, I’d love to play ME! Lol, not sure which actor would fit my description. Mmm maybe Chris Tucker? Or give August Alsina some acting classes and he might pull it off hahaha.
- What kind of crowd is your ideal crowd?
A non-violent crowd. That’s the last thing you want at a concert.
- What do you enjoy doing that has nothing to do with music?
I like sport, I watch soccer a lot (I’m an Arsenal fan). I’m also into theatre, so when time allows I go out and watch a play. And I like fashion, I’m a big sneaker head. I wanna open up a store pretty soon.
- Ask yourself a question and then answer it.
Am I ever gonna quit? Hell naaaw!
- Find K’Chinga online:
Facebook: K’Chinga/ www.facebook.com/KCHINGA.SELLECT
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