by: michael eli dokosi/ghana
According to the Voltarian born to Ghanaian parents in Nigeria and named Femi after his father’s best friend “if the systems are indeed fair I should get VGMA nomination for ‘Kabokabo’ (trotro) ft Yaa Pono & Gallaxy and ‘No Matter’ ft Gallaxy because of the quality and massive effort put in the two tunes.”
Set to be premiered on Gaddafi Don Lansah a.k.a Dj Gaddafi’s countdown show on Citi FM come Friday April 8 2016, music lovers would be the richer should they tune in to listen to the new offerings from Femi’s music kitchen.
According to Femi, although music has been his passion it’s clear to him to establish himself as a formidable artiste and take new territories, he has to be commercially successful hence his new drive to establish that goal.
While ‘Kabokabo’ Igbo for ‘Trotro’ taps into the many duels which happen in commercial vehicles in Ghana and Nigeria especially regarding fares, ‘No Matter’ is crafted to encourage people to never give up in life despite setbacks in love, academic and work life.
“I learnt carving, slept on the streets for a year and half, sold bread on the street all to survive but I never gave up or relented and it is to the Supreme Divine’s grace that I am a banker and an artiste today.”
On how ‘No Matter’ was conceived, Femi says Gallaxy informed him about a beat producer Shoto Blinkx had ‘cooked’ and when hey congregated in the studio, thanks to the positive vibes the tune was executed in 3 hours.
Describing his music as being in the afro beat, afro pop and dancehall vein, Femi notes that he has been singing for a while but got his major breakthrough when he auditioned for the 2005 Nescafe African Revelation contest making it to the final 10 list in the Eastern region.
“That experience was valuable. Meeting industry big shots such as KOD, Praye and others was an enlightening experience” the bachelor states.
Femi early on offered ‘Burning Desire’ ft. Iwan and ‘Guan’ ft. Luther to decent reception even though there was no planned promotional strategy in place.
Never one to take education for granted, Femi enrolled in Ho Polytechnic undertaking a course in Accountancy from 2006 to 2009 and when he got retained by Stanbic bank after National Service, he’s been a banker and an artiste since then.
On difficulties associated with being banker and an entertainer, the man who recently earned an MBA in Financial Management from the Cambridge International College, U.K stated “I use music as an escape from the vigorous demands of the banking world as it relaxes my nerves after a hard day’s work.”
Although not signed on to any record label, Femi says he is open for such a talk if the deal is right but can be reached through his personal manager Marc Morrison on 0268034833 for enquires and bookings.
Femi can be reached via social media on Instagram and Twitter: mynameisfemi and on Facebook fan page: Femi
Hopefully ‘Kabokabo’ (trotro) ft Yaa Pono & Gallaxy and ‘No Matter’ ft Gallaxy can prove to the street anthem and club banger that Femi hopes for.