The Tambua Magazine Celebrity Interview met the undisputed rapper, full of passion for the game. All the way from Bondo, currently based in Nairobi, here is the story of Shugharhee Jammani.
Kindly tell us your name, nickname, what you do, when and how you started.
I’m Collins Otieno Ndagwa, Nickname is Shugharhee Jammani aka King Simba. I started music in 2003 back in High School where I could rap to my fellow classmates and share my lyrics with them.
Could you describe one of your typical workdays as an artiste?
I’m a versatile artist who can sing and rap and also I’m one of the fastest rapper in Kenya right now.
What skills and personal attributes are required to become a valuable artiste?
One needs discipline, versatility, passionate and be talented.
What do you find most challenging?
Capital to fund my music is the biggest challenge. Also discriminations when it comes to getting airplays on TV and Radio stations.
What do you find most enjoyable?
Doing what I like most. In this case rapping is enjoyable.
Are there any negatives in your career in arts, mention any?
Yes, financial problem is the biggest challenge.
Kindly share some of the projects you’ve accomplished so far.
I did the video for Wasanii Flani – Twende [Official Video] and still working on more. You can also get Bang Bang, my collabo with Kraytom on soundcloud.com
Which seasons of the year are toughest as an artiste?
January and September when students are in school.
How would you describe government support for your field?
No effort at all, they have done nothing to support arts.
Is this industry growing enough to accommodate those with a dream like yours?
Absolutely yes. The industry is growing very fast but you’ll be accommodated only if you follow the right channels.
Why do some people leave this industry?
Many people find it difficult to cope since they lack support,fans or poor management.
Who inspires you most in the industry today?
I get my inspirations from various artists internatinally i.e Eminem, Roysceda5″9, Tech9, Hopsin, Twister and Khedrick Lamar.
What is the position of ladies and people with disabilities in the industry today?
Well, the ladies fight for various roles in the industry and they also do well. Musically the likes of Fena Gitu, MDQ and upcoming femcees like Verys Sweezy or Queen V.
For people with disabilities I have not seen them so much in music industry but they are part of us and we appreciate them so much.
Are there opportunities for self-employment in your field? Kindly expound on this.
Yes you can start a business with the money you’ve gotten from a show and employ a friend or somebody who is in need.
How did you start earning from your dream?
Did a campaign song and I could perform it in rallies back home in Bondo, and I was paid just Kshs.2k. Also performed in various NGO functions and was paid as little as 5k.
How long does it take for one to rise to the top as an artiste?
This I think depends with your dedication, commitment and your time like they say ‘God’s time is the best’
Is there anything else you think an ambitious youth would need to know about arts?
Art is like an any other job you can do and get paid.
How can the society, clients or rather fans get in touch with you?
Facebook – Shugha Rhee Jammani, Instagram & Twitter @shugharhee, Soundcloud & Reverbnation at Shugharhee Jammani.