BY ROTIMI AGBANA
After successfully paying his dues as both an artiste and producer on music projects of several big music acts, Chocolate City Music singer Chukwuka, Ekwean a.k.a Ckay is fully prepared to release a body of work for the listening pleasure of his fans.
The ‘Container’ singer who recently made a remix of the hit song featuring Zlatan and Moonchild, and which has since been enjoying massive radio and TV airplay ever since its release has explained why he wasted no time in remixing the song which has since become a street anthem.
“I wanted to make the song penetrate even more fan bases and more demographics than it originally did”, he said.
He explained why of all the reigning new school artistes on the block, he chose to feature Zlatan and South Africa’s Moonchild.
“I personally love both their vibes. I wanted someone to represent different cultures. Zlatan is a strong street ambassador and Moonchild is a massive Gqom South African star”, he said.
Talking about his style of music which music pundits have always found difficult to get a hold of, he described his music as Urban Afro-beat
“I am a very versatile afro-beats artiste. I don’t like to box myself in, but I do urban afro-beat. You probably won’t see me doing an R&B song tomorrow. Even if I get featured on any other genre, I will still retain an African identity in any of them. ‘Container’ is a fusion of Gqom and Jazz with the instrumentals with afro-beats call and response and trap-influenced flows in the verses”, he opined.
Speaking further, he talked about what to expect from his forthcoming project, a self-titled EP ‘Ckay The First’.
“Everything is still afro-beats at the end of the day; a unique blend of afro-beat with different elements. I like to keep the music interesting. My upcoming EP is called ‘Ckay the First’ and it is amazing. I have a lot of amazing sounds there.
“I’ve also got vocals from Peruzzi, Terri, BOJ and other great artistes on it. It shows different sides of my artistry and paints a great picture of who CKAY is. Not the next this or that but the first Ckay. I’m not like anyone, no one is like me and no one will ever be like me”, he concluded.