Jesse is an upcoming Zambian RnB singer. His songs fuse English, Bemba and Nyanja.
KAPA187: Welcome to the interview, for the readers who do not know you, can u tell us a bit about yourself.
JESSE: My full name is Jesse Phiri, born in Lusaka, Zambia, 23 years ago. I am the fourth in a family of 6. Currently, I am a graduate with a Diploma in Insurance and I am also an RnB Artist.
KAPA187: How long have u been doing music and what was your inspiration to start?
JESSE: I started singing solo in church at the age of 6. To be honest, no one really inspired me to start singing. I just remember my mom choosing and helping me to learn songs that I would sing. But of course along the way I developed interest in some well renowned singers such as Mainza Chipenzi and R. Kelly to mention a few, who have inspired me to what I am today.
KAPA187: What is your motto, or advice you live by?
JESSE: In everything that you do, every noble cause that you endeavor, put GOD first and apply your best effort
KAPA187: If you could be any singer in the whole for a day, who would it be and why?
JESSE: I wouldn’t want to be anyone else but me because I believe I am a unique and special singer and I delight in what I do.
KAPA187: What has been your biggest achievement since starting your music career?
JESSE: My biggest achievement to date would be reaching the last 5 from 30 contestants of “The Ultimate Slinger Season 2”, a very tough and challenging but educative singing contest. It is a Sling Beats/ZNBC initiative. Unfortunately I had to withdraw from the contest due to circumstances beyond my control.
KAPA187: Do you write your own songs, and do u have any plans of releasing an album?
JESSE: Yes I do write my own songs, I have plans of releasing an album as soon as possible but first I am looking to establish myself in the Zambian music industry as a force to reckon with.
KAPA187: Nakupeza is a nice song. How did it come about?
JESSE: Nakupeza is a concept that I have always had. When I got the beat to the song and wrote, everything just fell in place. I intended Nakupeza to not only be a wedding song but also for anyone who has found ‘the one’.
KAPA187: where do u see yourself in the next 5 years?
JESSE: I see myself as an internationally recognized artist/inspiration/role model with so much to offer to my country.
KAPA187: Do you do any vocal training?
JESSE: I have attained beginner’s level of voice training at the moment. Am awaiting to start intermediate voice training soon.
KAPA187: Where can your fans listen to your music.
JESSE: Facebook/jesse Zambia and reverbnation
Jesse is new to the music industry and hasn’t released a lot of music. A stand out track that has releases is Nikupeza. This is a song for those who have found that special someone.
another good song of his is Nikukonda