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Daily Nation : February 7th 2014
5 BE FAMOUS. daily NATION February 7, 2014 WHAT A NAME! Collins Majale with surprised-looking Pinky Ghilani at the launch of Twende Kazi this Tuesday. She was probably surprised that Majale didn’t mean many jackets, or wondering why Collo decided to pull a Prince who was formerly known as Prince and The artiste known as Prince, and then just Prince again. 21QUESTIONS >> WITH MAUREEN ORWA COLLINS MAJALE — URBAN HIP HOP, AFRO POP ARTISTE A few names in the music industry often choose pseudonyms to better identify themselves with fans or try to hide their hard-to-pronounce village names. Some of the few who have stuck with their real names have vanished from the face of the industry, never to be remembered again. Collo, a former member of the famous Kleptomaniax is turning a new page in his life — it’s out with the old and in with new. He finally embraces his official name — Collins Majale — by which he wants the world to know him. Collins isn’t here to prove a point. His very presence is the point. Zuqka: Are you enjoying the year so far? Collins: Yes I am. It’s a blessed and lucrative looking year. So when you’re recording an album or a single, do you approach it as if it could be your last? My team and I sort to re-brand from Collo to Collins Majale. I will now be credited as Collins Majale for all future projects involving music and the entertainment industry. I am currently working on a solo project, and with Stella Mwangi including other undisclosed artistes. How about song writing? How often do you do it? I compose and write everyday through the walk of life. My experiences and encounters facilitate the idea. How I choose to express these compositions is based on me being a creative. An artiste is the right word. So, you’ve written a couple of songs for well-known artistes. Would you mind sharing who these artistes are? As a performing artiste and song writer, I have composed and written music for top international acts; the likes of Amileena Mwenesi, Brenda Ngesa, Dela Maranga, Kalekye Mumo, Stella Mwangi and many more. I’ve composed and written awardwinning, commercial jingles too. Do you feel exposed as an artiste putting your emotions out there for people to dissect and experience? No I don’t. Singing is an art and the best creative always stands out because he’s different. Kenyan media broadcasts a wide range of genres, 70 per cent of them foreign. Musicians in Kenya play it too safe with their art because of societal and cultural expectations, and yet, Kenya promotes and plays sounds, lyrics and music from other cultures. A creative should have no boundaries. Anyone you’d really like to collaborate with this year? I appreciate good sound, lyrics and music. If a song sounds good and feels good, I’m sold. Music is the most powerful pillar in God’s green earth. I give credit where it’s due. Do you think it’s important to nurture new talent? Help it up where you can? It’s good to nurture new talent. Working with the upcoming generation of artistes enables one to re-invent better. It’s a think tank for any creative. How much of your input goes into your videos? What video? I give my all in all videos, as you guys have noticed. [smiles] When you were growing up, was music an important part of your life? Music is an important part of everybody’s life. If you hadn’t been surrounded by all this music, would Collo have sat through this interview today? I was born for Music. I cannot imagine doing anything else apart from the business involved beyond the fan’s eye. Collins Majale would sit for this interview anytime. You had your King Wa Rap moment a few years back— how did that feel? I had fun. It was a hell of a run and now we push harder as Collins Majale. Not at the moment but I’m open minded. Now you’re becoming one from the generation that others look up to. Do you keep an eye out for new talent? Do you visualise live performances when you’re still in the recording stage? Immediately an idea checks in, I already foresee the end result. It becomes more exciting when your team adds the cherry on top. What new things can we expect from you? Something “Different”. Fatherhood. How are you coping? Is it as fun as you thought it would be? My daughter is the best gift and blessing from God. It’s beautiful being a father. You were conspicuously absent during the Channel O Music Video Awards last year. Why, despite a nomination? Yaliyopita si ndwele, tugange yajayo. (the past is not important, we seek the future) Was it a betrayal? A word in the dictionary and a Television series? No comment. Have you forgiven them? Forgiven who? Haha. P—Unit? Ah, moving on. Speaking of controversies that explicit track you did with STL... what were you guys thinking? We were creatives in a studio. Look out for more... Did it receive airplay? Yes it is receiving. Tumetoka analog tuko digital. What kind of genre can you not stand and why? None. I don’t listen to a song. I feel a song. Final words? Meet Collins Majale.
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