Today we’d like to introduce you to Zaamwé .
Hi Zaamwé, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hey, I’m Zaamwé and I am a singer-songwriter, producer, and (as of recent) a filmmaker. I describe my sound as Alternative-Urban-Gospel, and my biggest influences are God, Kanye West, Fred Hammond, Phoenix, Toro y Moi, and my friends who make music in the area.
My love for music was cultivated at a young age, thanks to my parent’s eclectic vinyl collection. I also credit my uncle Victor’s painting sessions and exhibits for my taste in art — these sessions and exhibits would often have songs from Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade, and Bob Marley playing in the background.
I started playing drums for my church at 13 and began exploring other instruments. Around 11th grade, I got into producing on GarageBand using my school’s iMacs. Once I entered college, I was gifted a MacBook Pro and continued making beats and recording cheesy freestyles. With much encouragement from my friends and after years of making songs here and there for personal enjoyment, I decided to take music seriously and publicly. I began releasing music as “Zaamwé” in November 2016 with my first single, “Crush,” and here we are.
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
This musical journey has been smooth, thanks to support from family and friends. Any challenge is usually self-imposed to better me, similar to lifting heavier weights in the gym to build muscle. The few obstacles on this music journey were doubted (external and internal), insecurity, and writer’s block. The more I created music and witnessed the positive impact it has had on people over the years, the easier it was to overcome these obstacles.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m most excited about working on three things: my music collective, LUVZAAMWE — featuring Tahlele and Willie Fifteen, my clothing line of the same name, and my production company, TCOHECZ. There’s something about creating a song, a design, or a music video from scratch that brings me closer to the Creator. It’s even more enjoyable doing it with my day ones.
The way I interpret and express these ideas is different. What sets me apart from others is my personal experiences in life — success, failure, love, heartbreak, faith, etc. —the melting pot of influences that inspire my sound and my perspective on the world around me. This combination will always make what I have to bring to the table unique, no matter how many people have made the same dish before me.
What do you like and dislike about the city?
I like the city’s food, music, people, and culture. I wouldn’t say I like the lack of accessible healthy meals for my people, the apathy towards different styles of music in the scene, wicked people in high places, and those with the crabs-in-a-barrel mentality slowing down our progress as a community. But God is in control. Things are getting better and will continue to get better.
- Website: luvzaamwe.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/zaamwe
- Twitter: twitter.com/zaamwe
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCPBzIlNqkNUNy3KIYBubaTQ
- Other: https://youtu.be/0GhmxOn0EFI
Personal photo: Photo taking by Tim Olaseinde. Additional photos: 1-3: Photos taking by Eugene D. Maddy 6: Photo taking by Gregory Castel 7: Video still from “Greasy” by Zaamwé. Directed by Zaamwé. 8: Video still from “Hitman Z” by Zaamwé. Directed by Josh Nathan Jr.