Gosh! on this one. Actually, this is an icing to an emotional day I had (in a good way) when I cleaned out my inbox on one of my gazillion email accounts. I saw all these press releases, emails, mp3s that had been sent overtime, since 2007, from African artists, designers, filmmakers, actresses and actors and I thought, “how beautiful!” Africa’s industry has grown in all aspects and I am particularly pleased that Naija (Nigeria) is not carrying last.
I recall when I was first introduced to Sinzu via listening to his music. I loved how talented he was. His vocals was beautiful, his delivery cool. I was not a fan of the actual content of his work but I totally “gbaduned” (enjoyed) his fiercely independent spirit and music hustle. He had a reasonable fan base and I appreciated his business acumen and hunger/drive for success. However, something happened and throughout I kept wondering, “what is he doing??!” Sinzu moved to Nigeria and by all accounts from releases to the marketing and promotions, he was signed to Storm Records. He now says it was actually a joint venture. I kept saying to myself, back then, “I could have told him that was not a fit. What is he doing??” Nevertheless, he stayed on and then of course as we all know, moved on.
There are some people who just need to carve out their own path. I have always felt Sinzu is one of those persons.
I am glad to see the tremendous maturity he is displaying both with his professional and personal life as he explains in his music, interviews and all he is putting out. He reveals he is relocating back to the USA to be there for his daughter and also to reconnect with his fan base here. Right move, I think. African artists, taking care of your children is not negotiable. Our kids are the future. Always gotta take care of the children.
In any event, it is simply beautiful to watch his continued growth and maturity all around. He is in such a good place and is smart for attempting to fill the gap of making music for Africa and the African diaspora. There is even more room for growth and I am excited for him with more of his positive vibes, (still) to come from him through his music. As he says in the interview below with Factory 78, “I grew up into a man.” Indeed Sinzu, indeed.
WARNING:Contains some expletives/profanity
MY FAVOURITE SONG IN 2011, STILL ROCKING TO IT IN 2012!