Culturally spicy R&B ready to be served-Chemphe
...I am just a simple, God-fearing guy…that’s Chemphe being modest. He is actually a cute, humorous, intelligent and definitely one of the most successful young musicians in this country. We were fortunate to catch up with him at his mum’s restaurant for a hearty chat. Tell you what, Chemphe`s song, “why u de hit am” is number 7 on MTV Base chat and know what, its raising…
myAnanse: Who is Chemphe?
Chemphe: Chemphe is just a simple Godfearing guy who grew up in Tema, had his basic school education at Tema First Baptist School then to Ghana National College and then studied computer programming at NIIT.
myAnanse: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Chemphe: I am the only guy among my seven sisters. It’s just a small family and we all live in Tema.
myAnanse: When did you start doing music?
Chemphe: Music has been part of me since I was growing up. I realized I could sing very well when I was in the primary school. I was in the school choir and whenever we went for rehearsals, there were times I would hide behind and adlib the song. There was a time the choir director who was my class teacher asked who adlibbed the song and everyone mentioned my name and then I had to lead the school choir for two years. In Ghana National College, there were times I would step on stage, grab the microphone and sing dance and rap. The first group I found myself was a rap group then I started singing solo after a year. It wasn’t my intention to do music but I realized I had so many songs and decided to record three of them and everybody said I was the new generation by the time I realized I was singing “why you de hit am o”.(laughs)
myAnanse: What musical genre would you place your kind of music?
Chemphe: I call it the urban life. I grab my main form of genre from R&B and fuse it with the cultures of all the music genres. When you listen to my album, you will realize that I add R&B to highlife, reggae, and hip hop so it becomes something else. It gives it a different flavor so I call it urban life that is adding all the cultures together to form another genre.
myAnanse: How many albums so far?
Chemphe: I have only one. People might think it’s two but it’s just one. The last single which is “why you de treat am bad?” is doing very well right now so people think it’s on another album but it’s on the same album. I will be releasing it as a single on the 26th of November which is World’s Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women. It will be a great launch so Ghanaians should expect it.