Back to Index
, Back to Inzwa Index
singer and songwriter, Alexio Kawara, asks you to stay true to yourself
July 09, 2009
This is an Inzwa
feature. Find out more
Inside/Out with Alexio Kawara
View audio file details
did you start singing?
I started singing when I was about three years old. I used to sing
at nursery school, primary, secondary school and am still singing
up to now.
did your parents react to you wanting to do music?
At 21 that's when they saw that I wanted to become a musician
and just like any parent they didn't think it could be a profession
to be a musician so they didn't appreciate it that much.
did you have to do for them to finally let you be who you are today?
I studied what they wanted me to study. I was doing that and music
at the same time. They started appreciating me more when we did
the hit song Amai with Guess. Because I had actually written that
song, that's when they saw the potential in me.
music as a career and not what you studied for your parents?
I believe that everybody has a certain something that makes 75%
of him/herself. For me music is me. It's not something I am
trying to do or become. It's not that difficult for me to
make a good song. I wouldn't try to complicate my life by
trying to do something that would make my life difficult. I don't
do music with any effort.
inspires your music?
My inspiration comes from within. It's not inspiration I get
from any artist its God given.
do you sing about?
I sing about love; anything positive. I sing about anything that
can make the world go round and make the world a better place for
Zimbabwean what are the challenges you've faced?
Firstly it was the recording part. Financially it's not easy
to get the money to record in any studio and when we started we
didn't have studios that gave a contract to an artist they
thought could not sell. So for me that was my first challenge; we
had to run around looking for studios that would record us. And
now our biggest challenge is piracy, though we are trying to curb
the problem, its not easy.
think that being male has opened doors that could no have been opened
had you been female?
To be very honest I think as a male artist it's not that difficult
because some how society has always been in favor of males. Which
is what I understand most female artist are trying to fight against
and I appreciate that fact. For me is has not been that difficult.
I have managed to pull through quite well with the favors that I
was getting from promoters and recording companies and every thing.
would you change in the industry given the chance?
I would pretty much change everything I think I would promote professionalism
in the industry. Not a lot of people are professional from the recording
companies, the promoters and the artists themselves. I would want
to add the professionalism aspect of it and make people understand
that music is not a hobby. I would have recording companies pay
artist singing on fee; and promoters respecting the artists; and
the artists respecting themselves.
do people find your performances?
I'm found on Afrodiza; it's a website where people can download
my music for a fee and I perform in Harare. I'm hoping to
start doing shows in South Africa and all over the world. I perform
at the Greaterman's pub every Thursday or Friday.
have a band?
Yes. Recently Alexio Entertainment, a company I work for, established
a band called Shades of Black. It's a six-piece band.
keeps you and your band together?
I have managed to share with them my vision and where I'm
going. I think that's the whole secret - it's not so
much about the money. For me it's about sharing a vision with
some people. I also know that they have a dream that we share together.
So I have managed to share their dream and mine I think that's
the whole secret.
you advise someone to enter the music industry/is it worth it to
be in the industry?
Yes I would. But I would also tell you to work hard for it, as much
as it is a business you need to have passion for whatever you do
in life. I would advise you to come into the industry because you
love the music mainly. And if you love the music and you are professional
about it you will make the money.
advice would you give the fans?
Stay true to yourself, stay true to what you believe in because
that is exactly what makes you.
advice would you give upcoming artists?
To upcoming artists I'll love to say that they should really
make sure they are artists before they become one. Because some
of the people in this industry are not supposed to be there. You
have to know exactly what you are in the industry. When a house
is being built you can either become the brick, the cement, roof
or the windows.
qualities must one have to be encouraged to be in the industry?
You really can't see if a person is an artist by looking at
them. What I'm saying is that in the industry there is so
much that you can do. You can become the one who promotes the music,
the one who creates, performs or records the music. Most people
when they think music they think they all have to be in the spot
us the tip of the week
To the artist my tip would be whenever you go on stage please be
sober so than you know exactly what you are doing. Because people
don't want to see you drunk. You are working, so be of sober
habits all the time.
your stage performance
Powerful on vocals, it's a performance that you should take
time to listen to and understand exactly what the art is talking
about. What is important about Alexio's music is the message
that I'm trying to spread.
is the response to your music?
The response has been good. Of course there has been criticism but
I take all criticism as important. At the regular spots where I
perform I'm glad to say the audience has kept on coming and
hope in time they will keep on growing.
sets you apart from other musicians and what genre do you do?
I like to call my music good music. That's the genre that
I do because I don't have one genre. What sets me apart is
the way I write my music and the way I sound. I have been told I
write your own music?
I do but I also get help from other artists especially the ones
I feature on my tracks. They correct me here and there and they
add a few things.
did you release your first album?
In 2003 and the current one is called Kana meaning the fourth coz
it's the fourth album I have released.
do feel when you realize that you have awards and your current album
is doing well?
I have four awards, two from the NAMA and the other two from ZIMA.
I feel challenged. I feel I still need to do more to keep up the
standard. Music as much as we can or cannot accept it's still
a competition. You need to stay ahead of the pack to really make
it. And it means I have to work harder.
scale of ten, rate yourself
Five .I am still half way to where I want to go.
are you handling your business, female fans and married life?
Business is business and my relationship at home is fine coz I make
sure my wife understands that I'm just doing business.
Date: July 09, 2009
File Type: MP3
Date: July 09, 2009
File Type: MP3
Date: July 09, 2009
File Type: MP3
Please credit www.kubatana.net if you make use of material from this website.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License unless stated otherwise.