Nathan Nyirenda will be performing at Woodlands Shopping Mall on Sunday, 22nd December from 08:00 to 21:00! We asked him a few questions to get some insight into the man behind the voice.
How did you get into music and how long have you been performing?
I had interest in it from the time I was very young! I would sing along to music that was played on radio and on TV. Since that early start, I have you been performing about 30 years. I have been performing professionally for 20 years.
What is your musical inspiration?
It is life itself. I draw inspiration from it. The highs and lows of life and everything in between.
It looks like you can play many instruments? What can you play?
I started with Guitar then Bass and after that I learned drums then Keyboards then Saxophone! I didn't pursue all of these to be regarded as a player of them. So I play Keyboards and Saxophone, but the Voice is my first Instrument.
Is music what you do full time?
Yes it is but I have worked in the Corporate world. I am a Marketer and Public Relations professional. I am also studying.
Where can people buy your music?
At the moment people can buy it directly from me through the different events where I am found. They can also order through my Facebook page. They can also buy the Music from online stores such as iTunes and Amazon and many more.
What are your musical goals and dreams?
I would like my Music to penetrate the global market. I also dream of opening a Music Academy that would train people to be World class Musicians and that would enable me to pass on the experience and knowledge that I have gathered over the years.
What have been your challenges?
The Zambian Music industry is undeveloped. We do not even have any record company so as an Artist, you do not just concentrate on Musical creativity. You also play the roles of Agent, Manager, Distributor and many other functions which would be performed by others in an established industry.
What is the future of the Zambian Music industry?
There is a lot of potential in Zambian Music and I would like to implore investors - local and international to explore the opportunity of this industry. There is a lot of talent in Zambia which can generate a lot of revenue and create employment for a lot of people.
See Nathan Nyirenda perform this Sunday at Woodlands Shopping Mall!