Up-and-coming urban musician Canny One says he has changed his stage name to Africa to reflect his growth in music.
The ‘Zokoma’ singer/rapper confirmed his name change in an interview with Nyasa Showbiz.
“Canny One was more of a young boy searching his way through music. I decided to have a name change because of my growth in music,” said the Blantyre-based artist. “Canny One was nosy character in music, where he smelt good music he followed.”
“Starting off with a whole different genres including Rap, R&B and Afro, Canny One then started making efforts to better himself and has finally reached a point where I understand the music in my own words, hence the birth of Africa, to carry such powerful material as a more advanced and mature artist,” he explained.
The 19-year-old songwriter, born Denzel Chaguluka, further disclosed that he decided to name himself after Africa as the continent holds different variety of sounds loved by many globally.
Said he: “Africa is the bulk of the next music generation. Africa is the main discussion worldwide as people take sounds from it and manipulate it into their own. To clear the point Africa has the centre of attraction and couldn’t have been wrong naming myself after Africa.”
The artist, who came into the industry in 2008 as singer, rapper and producer at Matalala Records, told Nyasa Showbiz that he was here to hold it down for Africa and take the continent to the rest of the world.
“The music itself will speak to the people and take them to Africa. With a different approach I take Africa as an artist at soul and musician at heart. Art is what I know and is what I keep growing and watering.”
As Canny One he released songs like ‘You Can Be Her’ ft. R&B singer Theo Thomson, ‘Zokoma’ which he did with BoyMagic and Cosby. ‘Zokoma’ gave the artist the chance to get a first view on Channel O.
Together with his crew, which includes VJ Ice, Cosby, Boy Magic and Gingy, Africa is working on new material, both audio and videos, which he revealed will be coming starting this month till the end of the year.
Some of Africa’s new songs to be on the lookout for are ‘Jungle Boy’, ‘Bout That Life’, ‘Ndikudikila’ and ‘Break It Down’.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :