BUZZ: Before we talk about other things, what is your new song ‘Mtaani.com’ all about?
It’s about the hustles in the hood. We have all sorts of people there, football stars, talented musicians, bad and good people in the society, all struggling to make a living. The video was shot in Jericho estate.
Does all that have anything to do with your life?
In a way, yes. I have tasted bad and good times in life.
Tell me about your background, where are you from?
Okay, I was born in Dar, Tanzania, a Kenyan dad, Mr Germa Moustapha, and a Tanzanian mum, Fatma. I studied there a bit then transferred to Kenya, where I finished my education.
Yes, I have two older sisters who are married in Tanzania and a younger brother who is in Kenya with me.
And when did you start doing music?
I attended many Jam sessions and Lucas of Ogopa DJs discovered me there. I was in a crew called Dessert Vultures.
Was your partner Nasty Thomas part of the crew?
No, he was just my friend then. But when I wanted to record, the rest of the guys failed me and Nasty was the only one who showed up. The producer and I liked his style, so we formed Deux Vultures immediately and recorded ‘Monalisa’.
Yes, and at some point, you left Ogopa, together with other musicians like the Longombas, Mr Googs, and so on to form the Bad Man Camp?
Yes, I think we were just growing up and we had our own little egos. But the camp didn’t work because there was no unity.
And you went back to Ogopa?
Yes, actually we did that after Longombas went back.
Was ‘Katika’ signed by Ogopa?
No, we produced it on our own, that’s why songs like ‘Kinyaunyau’ don’t feature.
Let’s talk about your love life, we know you are dating fellow musician Marya?
Yes, for four years now. The only thing remaining is just to put a ring on her finger.
When is that?
Soon, we are just organising ourselves now, especially as far as music is concerned.
People say that you bowed to pressure after Nasty got married, is that true?
Not true. I started dating Marya before Nasty got married. If it was pressure, I would have done the wedding immediately after Nasty’s. There’s time for everything.
Tell me about your times with E-Sir?
He was a different guy, always happy. We frequented different hang out joints and never seemed bothered by small challenges. His talent was amazing and always gave us something to look forward to every day.
You spent time with another great musician, K-Rupt, who was gunned down immediately after a show you did together in 2003. Tell me about it.
Yes, we were performing at a Trust show in Nanyuki. He kept on joking throughout and didn’t seem worried about a single thing. Instead of coming back with us to Nairobi, he had another show in Nakuru, so he used the Nyahururu route. Later that night we learnt that he didn’t make it to the show.
What do you think happened?
I’m not giving official communication but I think it was a matter of panic. An armed thug tries to steal from them, then sees K-Rupt and imagines he knows him and panics. So he shoots him and later realises that this was just a musician they had seen many times in the media, he actually didn’t know him!
Okay, now that you are doing a solo album, any chances of getting back with Nasty?
Yes, he has been busy with family and other businesses, but he’s now gearing up to get back to the studio. We are going to release great things together as Deux Vultures.
You led other musicians in charity work earlier this year, tell me about that?
Yes, we took foodstuffs to Kajiado last April. I got some extra cash and decided to give back to the society, with the help of other artistes and well-wishers. We are about to start a foundation with other partners that will help destitute children.
What has been your highest and lowest moments in music?
Simple; highest when my music hits, and lowest when my music don’t hit.