Zambian Hip hop artist C.R.I.S.I.S was recently invited to ,and attended the 54th annual Grammy awards.
Attending the Grammy ‘s was a good thing not only for C.R.I.S.I.S ,but for Zambian music in general , because it exposes the international community to Zambian music.
He talked about his experience in a recent interview ;
” … the thing about such events is that, you get to meet people and, sometimes you re-connect at a later date and, sometimes you don’t ever see each other again. The most random thing happened to me. I was at Heathrow Airport, returning from the BEFFTA Awards where I had just won BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT. While connecting flights, I met a guy called ‘Skrillex.’ We sat next to each other in the departure lounge and we got talking. He happened to be a musician. We exchanged contacts and had a really good vibe. During the Grammy’s, I met him as I was heading to the auditorium and, we both recognized each other. Skrillex was nominated for a Grammy and, he won. My point is that, you get to meet people and, as time goes you start crossing paths and you get familiar with each other and, that’s how you build relations.
I got a chance to meet J. Cole and, he introduced me to his mother. He reminded me of myself because my wife didn’t come with me to the Grammys and, the next best person would have been with would have been my mum. So I was talking to J. Cole and Corey Gunz showed up and joined us in the conversation. Later on J. Cole had to leave so Corey and I got talking about music. He actually told me some personal information which I can’t really share with the public. We spoke about prospects and exchanged contacts.
I told Shaggy that he had a big fan base in Africa. I insisted that, he should consider visiting Zambia. I had a word with his manager regarding that too. It’s the best that I can do for my country. I could have said to Shaggy that I wanted to make a song with him but, in life, it’s not about what you can do for yourself. It’s about what you can do for others.
I spoke to ‘Just Blaze’ and, we had a really good conversation. He has done a lot of production work for Jay-Z, Saigon and recently, he did “AINT NO LOVE” for Eminem Featuring Lil Wayne so, we started speaking about an idea. He has given me his contacts and actually, as I speak, I have just received a message from him. If anything comes up, I’ll let you know. So far, we have established good contact. “
Here are some pictures of the event
C.R.I.S.I.S and J cole
C.R.I.S.I.S and Just blaze
C.R.I.S.I.S and Shaggy
C.R.I.S.I.S and Cory guns
C.R.I.S.I.S and Manon of SIGNATURE VODKA
C.R.I.S.I.S and cali swag district