We all have to agree that Joeboy is one of the fast-rising Nigerian artistes at the moment. He has shaken the music industry with songs like Beginning, and Baby among others. The artiste will be performing this Sunday during the first-ever Blankets and Wine Home Edition alongside Vinka and Kenneth Mugabi during the Tusker Malt sponsored event. We had a chat with the award-winning artiste.
You are currently one of the best artistes from Nigeria. How has it been getting to this point?
It’s been beautiful, crazy, sometimes challenging. I learned a lot too but it’s been an all-round amazing experience.
You look like a humble guy, hasn’t stardom hit you yet?
Stardom has hit me lmao… I just look like a humble guy.
How special is Mr Eazi in your career?
He will always be an important figure in my career and story, I have learnt a lot from him being signed to his emPawa Africa label.
Before Shape of You cover, that brought you out to the world, where was Joe Boy?
Before the Shape of You cover, I was attending school, recording songs for fun and trying my best to understand life.
You are the headlining act of the online Blankets and Wine event. How does it feel to have to perform for an online audience compared to a physical one?
I feel good that there is a way to connect with my people in Uganda regardless of the pandemic but I definitely would love to connect with them in person, the online show is a good a medium of connecting with my fans.
Speaking of the pandemic, the Ugandan music industry has been hit hard. Is it the same case with you guys in Nigeria?
Yes, the lockdown affected everyone, shows couldn’t be staged, event centers down to the aviation industry, so it kind of reduced recreational activities.
How has Joe Boy been able to survive throughout this period?
Joeboy has been making new music, watching movies, reading books, basically trying to make the best use of my time.
You performed in Uganda last year. What will you miss about not being here in person?
Normally I love travelling a lot, and I love Uganda so much so the fact that I couldn’t be there in person to perform African smash-hits like Nobody and Call in person and see the crowd’s reaction is something I’m truly going to miss.
You have a song with Fik Fameika. What was it like working with him and which other Ugandan artiste would you like to work within the near future?
It was beautiful, Ugandan artistes are hardworking and I love their music. I would like to work with Sheebah Karungi.
As a rising artiste, how much do you think accolades or awards contribute to a musician’s career?
I think awards play a huge role but it also shouldn’t be a yardstick for greatness, as long as you stay consistent and keep putting out good music.
If it wasn’t for music, what would you be doing for a career?
If I wasn’t doing music I’d most likely be working in a bank.