SWITZERLAND-DECEMBER 09 – Today’s Echo recently caught up with fast rising Afro-fusion singer, Tega Bikomo, aka Tega the King, who has just released a single, ‘Kpalanga’. The passionate singer shares his thoughts about life, his passion for music, and the story behind his song.
What inspires you to make music / what drew you to music?
Life, personal and non-personal experiences, conversations with friends and strangers, movies and music itself inspires me to make music. I always made melodies in my mind and I used to write poetry in junior secondary school. Somewhere along the line I started writing with the melodies I had in mind. Of course, by this time I had been influenced by a lot of music, notably, Hip-Hop, R&B and a lot of Fela and Femi Kuti.
How would you describe your style/ genre?
I’m an Afro-Fusion artist. It took me a while to develop my sound and be confident in my style and as any creative artist in any field, self-development never stops.
How many songs have you released so far?
Officially, I started releasing music consistently in 2019 and I have 4 singles out on all streaming platforms.
You are out with a new single titled, Kpalanga. What does it mean and what informed it?
Kpalanga is a love song. Kpalanga is about finding true love and holding onto it. It talks about that person that loves you for who you are and not your financial status, going through heart breaks, giving up on love and realizing that shouldn’t stop you from loving especially when you can tell it’s real. To coin it all I’d say it’s about love and growth.
Which artiste(s) would you model yourself after and whose sound influences your music?
Musically I wouldn’t want to model myself after any artist. I pay attention to building a sustainable brand than trying to be like whoever is out there. Like I said earlier, I have been influenced by a lot of music, Hip-Hop, Afrobeats, the Kuti’s, Reggae, francophone and South African music. I love it all but It’s my utmost duty to stay true to myself.
Which indigenous artiste(s) would you like to collaborate With and why?
There are many good artistes, this is a hard question but speaking into existence, there is Davido, Olamide, Burna, Tiwa Savage, and Wizkid, holla at your boy.
What should we expect from Tega in 2021?
More music consistently, great visuals and a solid body of work probably an E.P