ARTIST OF THE WEEK
Black Nina is one of those household names that are there, and at times, you feel they are not yet there. Whatever the case, he is a gem that cannot be easily forgotten. Remember Chilawe song-a collabo with hoarse voiced Nepman? ….now you do.
Now, EM’s Gibson C Kamanga had a chat with Black Nina so as to reveal the inner artist that is in him.
Profile by Gibson C Kamanga
Birth name: Thokozani Masona
Origin and meaning of the stage name, Black Nina: I just took the last two letters from my forename and my surname, Ni- and –Na; Black is for my skin colour
Date of Birth; 28th February 1994
Favourite food; Nsima served with beans
Record label; About to be signed with Milly Entertaiment
Favourite colour; Black, red, and white
Single, or taken? Taken
Apart from music, what do you do for a living? Small scale businesses
Origin of music passion: Started way back when I was still in primary school. However, I never knew I could take it to this level
Genre of music: afro- hip hop
YOUR MUSICAL BACKGROUND
First professional song: Sudziwa
First professional producer: Don Foxy
First collabo; Chilawe featuring Nepman
First professional live concert: Easter bash in Karonga where I shared a stage with Skeffa Chimoto
Best producer you’ve ever worked with; Tricky Beatz
Favourite local TV presenter: Blak Jak (Times TV)
Best friend musically; Sispence
Favourite drink: Embe Juice
Pastime activities: I like playing pool. You can always find me by the pool tableside, chilling with friends
YOUR TAKE ON 265 URBAN MUSIC
What do you think needs to be done to promote urban music industry in Malawi? We need to find good and workable strategies to market our music online
Given a chance, which Malawian urban artist would you want to have a collabo with?
- Tay Grin
Given a chance, which International urban artist would you want to have a collabo with?
- Teckno (Nigeria)
Given a chance, where would you want to perform in the world?
Which artist (international) would you want to share a stage with?
- Jay Z
LET’S TALK SOMETHING PERSONAL
What pisses you most, as a person? Being taken for granted
Dream holiday destination: Disney Land
Dream car: Range Rover
What’s your favorite chilling spot in Blantyre? Pa Zodetsa in Blantyre
What motivates you every day you wake up? My mobile handset
Exceptional talents minus singing: I’m a good actor
Besides being a secular artist what do you do to be presentable? I always need to look presentable
Your message to fellow youths? They need to work harder
What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve ever encountered as an artist: I scooped the best up and coming artist during Nyasa Music Awards in 2015 only to be relieved and dubiously given to Sangie
The most memorable moment? When I was nominated for the best up and coming artist (Nyasa music awards) in 2015
SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
- FACEBOOK; Black Nina Mw
- TWITTER; @Black Nina