Chiluba aims to put Kenya on the Map


Multi-award winning Kenyan afro-pop singer/dancer Arthur Chiluba reckons that he has what it takes to put his country on the international map (musically of course). Given the success, the undeniable hunger to succeed and the immense talent that he possesses ......not many would take that statement lightly.
"My plan is basically to put Kenyan music on the map.....it's actually not just a plan....it's a promise", said Chiluba in a recent interview with Urban Craft.

Background

Bold statement indeed! So for the benefit of our readers and to get a better understanding of the artist, we asked him to take us back to where it all began.
"I have always been a music person.....it started back when I was still in primary school at my local church where I joined the junior youth group....we used to sing and dance during the church service and at any other church events and music festivals.
"I carried this love for music and dance into my high school days where I joined the school music club. Being self-driven got me elected president of the club In my second year of highschool and I held the position until my final year, during which we won many awards and competitions in the Kenyan schools music festivals. I remember me and a couple of my school mates had rap cyphers with one of us playing the keyboard", he said.

Dance

Looking at the artist that he is turning out to be, you would be forgiven for forgetting that it was dancing in actual fact that catapulted Chiluba onto the national scene and gave him a solid foundation from which to build his career.
"Not only did I sing but I also danced a lot and formed a dance crew with my classmates so that every Saturday we could entertain everyone in the school hall during 'entertainment time'.
"After high school I proceeded with my dance crew and we competed in a televised dance competition where we did very well....we didn't win but we got national recognition (especially myself because I was the most aggressive in the group)", said Chiluba.

Breakthrough

Irregardless of his new found fame (and fortune) as a dancer, Chiluba never did forget his other passion......that of making music.
"In spite of the attention that I had garnered through dance, I never neglected my singing. So many people knew me as a dancer but secretly I did music and actually the music payed me more than the dance.
"This went on for long (the double identity thing) and before I knew it I was a very famous dancer in the industry. I was working with some of the biggest Kenyan artists and my crew was well known internationally.
"One day I just thought to myself......I am one of Kenya's best dancers and I can sing pretty well so why not combine both and become the 'complete package'? That was the beginning of my journey into music. I quit the acapella group that I had been apart of all this while because I felt like I wasn't growing musically in the group and that I was better off as a solo act since it allowed me to move at my own pace.
"As I had already made networks as Kenya's multiple award winning Choreographer it wasn't hard linking up with top ranking producers who in their own capacities gave me direction on how to come into the music industry as it was different from the dance industry", he said.


Goals

Besides sharing with us how far he had come in his journey in the entertainment industry, the afro-pop artist/dancer also shared a few of his goals.
"I want to produce good music that will communicate to the masses.....and on a larger scale I want to inspire people. Those kids who will see me in the next few years should know that nomatter where they come from.....succes is within their grasp", said the artist/dancer.


Highlights

Having traversed the length and breadth of the industry, we are sure that there are a lot of moments/memories that he holds dear.......
"I have been performing with my band all over Nairobi with the intention of creating a fanbase and it has just been one hell of a ride ......earlier this year I dropped my first single WOLOLO, it got ample airtime on the Kenyan airwaves and it allowed me the opportunity to link up with a top international Jamaican producer with whom we are working with.
"My major highlight so far was performing at a sold out concert dubbed CAKEART AFFAIR where I was the main act (they gave me this opportunity because they hadn't seen a musician who performs the way I do).
"Another highlight was working with Jamaican reggae star MaxiPriest with whom we are currently recording an amazing song with that we cannot wait to put out and rule the global airwaves", said Chiluba.



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