I’m known as a voiceover artist by most people due to the work I do for both big and small brands. I’m a Zambian man who at this point has lived about half his life in Zambia and the other half in South Africa. I’ve chronicled the Zambian half in my book Finding My Voice which was released in July (2019).
I’ve had a passion for music and entertainment since I was very young. While at primary school in Livingstone, for instance, I was a member of the school’s drama group which won the best primary school drama club award around 1987. So, acting, singing or rapping in front of audiences has been something I’ve been doing for decades. Fortunately, there are careers which allow people to pursue their passions and get rewarded. So, I’ve been lucky to get paid for doing what I love, and as it turns out, the most financially rewarding of these passions has been the world of voice acting.
I’ve covered a lot of ground from being a rapper and songwriter, to working as a radio presenter, to being MC at events (most notably five times at Miss Zambia in the 90’s and early 2000’s), working as a project manager at an ad agency, going to college and working as a waiter during that period and working at a call center. All these experiences have given me a well-rounded life.
Going forward, I think a lot of what I’m passionate about revolves around legacy. We aren’t on this planet for too long. We need to leave footprints to show those that will come after us that we led meaningful lives from which they can learn lessons to do better. In my world, this is what I try to do with my music. My debut full-length album was even titled Sound Legacy. You might get clues around my state of mind and world view listening to songs from that album as well as the follow-up album titled Flowers, Needles & Drumbeats. Even my songs from 1995 give you an indication that there’s been a desire on my part to make music that gives you something to consider. My book, Finding My Voice has that as an underlying tone too. I’m telling a story but sharing lessons as I narrate it. I don’t have all the answers, and I make a bunch of mistakes in life, but hopefully, what I radiate is authenticity.
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