Baboon Forest Entertainment founder and CEO GNL Zamba has come out strongly to defend the Hip-Fraternity rubbishing the adage and mentality that, Hip-Hop music does not make money like other genres and that Hip-Hop artistes are perpetually broke.
Zamba real names Ernest N.Zamba who was speaking exclusively to www.chano8.com about his music and future aspirations, says Hip-Hop has grown in heaps and bounds in the recent years and argues that rappers particularly Hip-Hop stars have always made money in the industry. He was responding to a question Chano8 asked him about the growth of music industry and Hip-hop in particular and whether it is finally paying to be an artiste.
The ‘Kinkankane’ artiste also known as ‘The Caesar’ by his fans explained that, most Hip-Hop artistes make a lot of money through other avenues like product endorsements, advertising and Album sales unlike artistes in other genres who mostly depend on ‘Bivulus’ or concerts. The same sentiments were echoed by his former colleagues Mun-G and Big Trill in recent interviews.
He confesses that personally, he has made some money through music and even bought his first plot of land after the ‘Koi Koi’ album release and ‘kinkakane’ song which was big some time back. He also says he is a proud proprietor of a Bar called Zamunda Sports Bar which is a respectable ‘Kafunda’ or hangout for soccer lovers located in Najjera.
Currently his Baboon Forest Entertainment record label is into music recording, Advertising, Artistes management, Television and Film production. He is still passionate about Rhymes and poetry.
The multi-award winning Luga-flow and riddle teller is also finalising his upcoming album known as ‘Dreaming in Color’.’ This will be his fourth album after Riddles of life (Koyi Koyi), Speaking Vernacular, and The Renaissance or the Caesar. He describes this new project as ‘a re-birth of knowledge’ where he shares his vision and all the stages of his development through the music and hip-hop journey and his maturity as an individual.
“I named it that way because the music is canvas for my aspirations on this album. I’m painting a picture of a possible reality I haven’t attained and we as a people. It’s a very passionate album; a vivid dream is a vision of possibilities denoted by happiness, wealth and good health. I compare it to Nirvana. The final stage of enlightenment in spirituality where you are so self aware and at peace with your surroundings. “The knowledge of a senile Buddhist, the ambition of a lion and the imagination of an African child looking at the stars in the night sky”
Read more about GNL Zamba in our May issue of Chano8 Magazine at www.chano8.com