Full Name: James Juma Chitsonga
What’s the origin of the name, Jay jay cee? I took the first letter from each of my names and formed JJC later thought making it look nice…and made Jay Jay Cee
Date of birth; 1 July 1997
Highest academic paper; Diploma in Journalism
Favourite food; Rice with mince meat
Record label; RAJ NATION
Favourite colour; Red and Black
Single, or taken? Single
Apart from music, what do you do for a living I work as a producer at my studio, RAJ Records, and have a number of small investments that I can’t disclose now.
What really drove you into this industry? Passion.
WHO’S WHO ON YOUR 265 URBAN MUSIC LIST
Best friend, musically: Zika B
First professional song: “Sister Jessie”
First professional producer: Martin Botha “Thindinious”
Best producer ever worked with: Gaffar
Favourite local urban artist: Nesnes
Favourite International urban artist: Stone bwoy.
All time local dancehall king: Jay Jay Cee
Favourite local TV presenter: Black Jack
Favourite local TV channel: MBC
Favourite local videographer Mest Media’s Jacko
YOUR TAKE ON 265 URBAN MUSIC PODIUM
L City or BTz, which city is calling the shots, musically?
From your observation, who’s ruling the 265 urban music industry currently?
- Tay Grin. He’s been representing Lately.
Beef music appears to be taking over the M-Dubz music podium, is this healthy for the industry?
- Very healthy when two parties sharing the beef are on the same level.
Most embarrassing moment ever encountered as an artist:
- Was being denied entry to an event I was to perform because the security guards didn’t recognize me.
The twilight of your career? The most memorable moment:
- The day I traveled to perform in Karonga from Blantyre, in the company of DJ Love, Saint and Smacks. We had good chills all the way.
What do you think needs to be done to promote urban music industry in Malawi?
- The government should start taking this music industry very serious and let there be ways of making artists earn from their art. Companies should start using artists as brands. We really need a lot of money to take our art to higher heights.
We understand one of the international TV stations TRACE will start playing your music videos. What advice can you offer to fellow urban artists locally for their music videos to attract international exposure?
- Creativity in our videos; let’s produce good videos. And our fans should be requesting for our videos on these channels. That will make the channel know how important we are.
YOUR LIFE AGAINST OTHER ARTISTS, and YOUR MUSIC IN GENERAL
How would you describe the following people in your own words each?
- Malinga Mafia: One hard working artist.
- Maddy P: One finest lyricist. He drops amazing lyrics.
- Saint: One artist Malawi Should look up to. He got passion for the game.
Which of all your collabos do you cherish the most? Makhumucha ft Nesnes and Mumamva bwanj ft Saint.
Which local urban hit is currently standing out this year? Delilah by Saint.
Tell us more about Raj Nation:
- Record Label Owned by Me and my 2 brothers Rashid and Atupele. Formed to promote different musicians including myself. We currently have: Scorla, Jolo, Belfry, Special D, Dada Icon and F Tee Mw.
LET’S TALK SOMETHING PERSONAL
How would you describe yourself? One hard worker who really believes in his dreams.
Assuming you are getting married, who would be your best man? Saint.
What pisses you most, as a person? Underrating me.
Which religion do you belong to? Am half a Christian and the other half a muslim.
What’s your favorite chilling spot in Btz City? At my studio RAJ RECORDS.
What motivates you every day you wake up? The people that love my art, and prayer.
Any other talents you have apart from singing? I’m a footballer.
Any hidden issues about you that people don’t know but you think may be interested to know? I like playing video games especially FIFA.
ANY MESSAGE TO 265 DIE-HARDS (YOUR FANS)?
- They should keep supporting me, I will always try to bring out the best.
Get in touch with Jay Jay Cee
- Facebook page: JAY JAY CEE,
- twitter @jayjayceemw
- instagram @jayjayceemw.
Compiled by our Reporter