Here Comes Bandybwoy!

The reggae/dancehall scene has certainly exploded in the recent years with the likes of Samini, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, and the rest pushing the genre to the next level. There are quite a few young upcoming artistes that are eager to follow the footsteps of these established superstars, and maybe even snatch the crown and become the next dancehall king. Enter Bandybwoy. I’ve seen him perform a couple of times, and let me say the kid’s got talent. The fire he brings to the stage during his performances is impeccable. He looks so comfortable whenever he does his thing, proving that he might very well be born to be a star. Bandybwoy has big things coming his way, so let’s get familiar.

How did you begin your career in music?
Bandybwoy: Like most artistes, I discovered my love for music at an early age; I felt it flowing in my veins when I was in the Armed Forces Secondary School, Burma Camp. I used to do a lot of talent shows all over. Many event promoters in the game quickly recognised my talent and would invite me to perform at their shows. I soon found myself sharing the stage with most of the big names in the business. I have been on my grind, and steady paying my dues for many years, waiting for the perfect moment that will open the door to super stardom. I believe in working hard and being consistent in your endeavours. Those are the keys to making it. I enjoy making music and being on stage performing. The feeling I get from that cannot be described.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Bandybwoy: My inspiration comes from God first. He is the one that blessed me with this talent so I owe it all to Him. I’m a very spiritual person. You find that in my music when you hear it. It’s important to put God first in everything you do. There are also a few artistes that inspire my work, like Busy Signal. He’s always been a huge inspiration to most dancehall artistes. I should also add Martin Luther King to my list. He was truly a great force and we might never see another like him. The world currently lacks heroes like him. I also get inspired by my enemies. They inspire me to do greater things and shame them all! My enemies inspire me all day.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in your career?

Bandybwoy: There are quite a few. Critics are always trying to bring you down and stop your shine. Some criticism is not constructive at all, and is made by people that just want to see you fail. There’s too much of that going on. Some pretend to be your friends but secretly plan and wish for your downfall. Dealing with that is always a challenge. I’ve had quite a few disappointments in my career that I’ve had to get over. It’s important that you don’t let things like that bring you down or else you might as well forget it. Whatever doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger. I’ve also had to deal with pressure from my family on me for me to do something else with my life. Convincing them that this is what I was born to do has been difficult. To succeed, you must stay focused on your goals and not let others derail you. That’s what I’m trying to do. Another challenge is getting DJs to play my music. Even if they might know me or seen me perform on a stage somewhere, they still expect me to give them money for airtime. It’s a problem that most upcoming acts are facing. If the road to the top was an easy one, everyone would be there, so I continue to grind.

Which is more important to you, fame or money?

Bandybwoy: I would say both because in this business, the two are meant to go hand-in-hand. Fame is meant to bring the money. It’s up to you to manage your career wisely because there are some cases where artistes might be famous, but broke. Still, you will not get any of that if you don’t have passion for what you are doing. If you are just doing it for fame and money, you might end up getting neither. Without passion, you might as well cancel the show!

Who would you say are some of your dream collaborations?

Bandybwoy: I would love to work with people like Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, VVIP, E.L, etc. They are really hot at the moment and I love their work. I would also love to work with Amakye Dede and Daddy Lumba. These guys are legends I grew up listening to. Working with them would be a dream come true. Music is food for the soul, and I believe working with these guys would cook up some gourmet product. Watch this space because these collaborations will happen soon enough.

How did you get the name Bandybwoy?

Bandybwoy: My friends called me Bandy due to some controversial content in my music. I speak from the heart in my music. I’m not shy to say what’s on my mind. If it offends you, don’t listen to it. Dancehall music is not for the shy or weak at heart. It’s about being real, and that’s what I am. Sometimes, it might cause some controversy, but that’s all part of the game.

What advice would you give other upcoming acts like yourself?

Bandybwoy: My advice to upcoming artistes is give respect to everyone. It’s important to stay humble all the way through. Stay sober and don’t let it get to your head. Many guys become stars and think they’re untouchable. That’s when the industry brings you down. Stay on your toes and keep sharp. People will always try to stop you from achieving your goals. If you let them get to you, then you might as well forget it. This is a cut-throat business. You need to be ready to be ruthless in your decision making. The most important thing though, is put God first. Only He can make it happen.

What does the future hold for Bandybwoy?
Bandybwoy: I’m sure the future holds fantastic things for me. I am working hard to ensure that. I want it all, the endorsements, awards, tours and everything that comes with being a recording artiste. That’s what it’s all about! I will also donate my success to the needy. It’s very important to give back to society and help those that are less fortunate if you are in the position to do so. I will never forget where I came from when I get to the top!

A message to your fans?

Bandybwoy: God will never let you down if you don’t let yourself down. Keep supporting me in spirit and flesh. I get so much love from you when you see me on stage or in public. I wish I could repay that love. I will owe all my success to you all. 2016 is my year, so expect great things from me. Jehovah bless us all.

Source: Daily Guide
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