The power in his soothing voice is not only enough to cast a spell on your ear drums but also leaves you with a kind of sensation that cuts straight into the depth of your soul. ‘Real’ they say recognizes ‘real’ and for no reason other than this www.urbanmusicgh.com caught up with fast rising RnB artiste Mr. Jabari for this exclusive interview.
Known in real life as Kelechi Daniels, Mr. Jabari hails from Anambra State in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He grew up mainly in Lagos before moving to the Eastern part of Nigeria for his tertiary education. Mr. Jabari is optimistic that the Ghanaian music industry presents a much fertile grounds for him to nurture his musical career.
KC: For how long have you been doing music?
Mr. J: I have been doing music for a very long time now and this can be traced back to my University days. I graduated and took music more seriously and as a career. Let’s say professionally I have been doing music for five (5) years now.
KC: Aside the fact that you are a talented singer, what inspires you in your chosen career?
Mr. J: My family and friends remain my greatest sources of inspiration. I also draw much inspiration from my personal experiences in life.
KC: How many songs do you have to your credit?
Mr. J: I have five songs now namely: Say you love me, Pass me your love, Odoyewu, Its Alright, and Love me. To me ‘Pass me your love’ is relatively the hit song because anyone who’s heard it loves it.
KC: How many artistes or producers have you worked with so far?
Mr. J: I have worked with a couple of producers like Lexyz, Twist of Dopenation (Tbeat), Yungtrill and Kbest. I also featured John Demetri on ‘Its Alright’
KC: Who among these (names mentioned in previous answer) did you enjoy working with?
Mr. J: I enjoyed working with Lexyz and Twist of Dopenation
KC: What else do you do for a living aside music?
Mr. J: I am a businessman
KC: Can you touch on your experience so far in the Ghanaian music industry?
Mr. J: Well I would say my experience has been a good one not minding my Nationality. I get shows but sometimes people are reluctant to give me a helping hand because I am not a Ghanaian though they appreciate my talent and the kind of effort I put into what I do.
KC: In no particular order can you name your top 5 favorite musicians?
Mr. J: Chris Brown, P square, Mr. Eazi, Wizkid and Stonebwoy
KC: What will your dream album look like?
Mr. J: My dream album will have lots of Afro Pop and Hip Life songs on it. It will also feature a number of great African artistes and will have good sounds that everyone would love to listen to.
KC: Do you think African music is enjoying the needed attention in the global music scene?
Mr. J: As a matter of fact the whole world listens to us now and they sing along too. So I would say we are getting there.
KC: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Mr. J: Top of the game! In the next 5 years I see myself enjoying a successful musical career and living the life I deserve.
KC: Can you share with me your most memorable and most embarrassing moments in your career as a musician?
Mr. J: My most embarrassing moment was when I was invited for a show, got there and less than ten (10) people turned up for the event. It was really embarrassing but I had to perform (laughs). With regards to my most memorable moment, I think I am always excited when I find myself on stage and I treat each of these instances as memorable moments.
KC: What do you consider as your biggest challenge as an upcoming artiste?
Mr. J: Well money of course! Sometimes you don’t get to have all the money to do all the stuffs you need so you just make do with what you have.
KC: Any message/advice to upcoming artistes who are struggling to get their music out there?
Mr. J: First thing is they should know that the struggle is real and as such push harder, never give up , be loyal, believe in yourself even when people think you are not good and the most important thing pray and put God first in everything.