Valee Music Discusses New Single ‘Sondela’, Working With Charlie Kay, Creative Process And More
Coming from London, UK, Valerie Menyiwe, aka Valee Music, is a talented Afro-Pop and House artist of Zimbabwean descent that started displaying her talents from a very young age.
In this interview, she talks to Music Arena GH about her creative process, working with Charlie Kay, and new single ‘Sondela’ which comes with an exciting video.
Check out the interview below.
- Tell us a little about yourself Valee Music?
I’m Valee Music an Afro-Pop hitmaker originally from London. I’m recognizable mainly from opening at Zimfestival in the UK last year, featuring on BBC Africa and for my new single Sondela!
- We love your new video ‘Sondela’ with Charlie Kay, brief us on it?
Thank you so much! ‘Sondela’ has done so well it’s currently playing in 32 countries I couldn’t be more proud! I was also no.1 on Gagasi Fm Kzn’s (South Africa) biggest radio station.
- How did it feel like working with Charlie Kay? Did you go through stress in getting him to feature on the song/video?
It was great actually. The chemistry was great. Charlie Kay is one of the most talented producers out there. He produces for some of Zim’s best talent; yours truly of course! But it wasn’t too much of a stress to get a feature as we have a great relationship from previous songs that’s I’ve done. With Charlie Kay on the beat; I released a banging song earlier this year titled ‘Watora Moyo’. I felt ‘Sondela’ was a natural next step as Charlie Kay is not only an amazing producer but is a great artist as well!
- What has been your most touching or amazing moment you’ve experienced as an artist?
I think being on the stage is what I find most powerful and emotional at the same time. It’s the time I feel most connected with my fans the most! When I did Zimfestival (of 5,000 attendees) it was amazing just to see how many people knew me and my music, and also just to get that respect as a New Artist from fellow peers in the music scene!
- Please, explain your creative process?
I usually go with my mood I can draw inspiration from the tiniest things. It’s usually from whatever’s trending it going on in my life that may give me a theme I’m after. I work with talented music teams usually compiling of a producer and songwriter. I think collaboration is great and allows from those great records! But when I truly want something at the end of the day I go with my gut! Because if I love it, at least one other person will and I’m grateful for that!
- What’s next after ‘Sondela’? Any words for your fans in both Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom?
After ‘Sondela’, my EP is coming! I’ve been putting in that work! I think 2020 changed a lot of our plans but for me it’s been a blessing. I went back & honed in on my craft and added an entire genre that wasn’t there before. It’s all still African contemporary music but definitely watch this space for what I have next.
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