One on One with Judaking
By Eunice Otieno |email@example.com
Judaking is a hip hop artist hailing from Kibera slum. Eunice Otieno spoke to him about his artistry as a rapper. He has fought all odds to become one of Kibera’s best artists. He brags of an album and a mixtape under his belt. His music is poetic as he is always searching for a deeper meaning to capture people’s emotions. He is the next big thing from Kibera.
You go by Judaking but would you mind telling us your birth name??
My ID names are Francis Okwemba.
How would you describe yourself?
Judaking is a humble, down to earth, creative and smart-working hip hop artist from Kibera.
How and when did you get into music?
I grew up admiring people like Tupac, Nas and Snoopy Dog, but I never knew I could become a rapper. I started out by writing poems when I was in high school. I loved poetry, I later turned the poems into raps and I fell in love with hip hop. After school, I met MC Sars (an accomplished Kenyan rapper) in the year 2012 who introduced me to a producer and the rest is history.
How many songs or albums do you have so far?
I have a couple of projects; one mixtape and an album and at the moment I’m working on an EP (short for extended play, is a musical recording that contains more music than a single, but is usually too short to qualify as a full studio album or LP.) It’s already in the final stages.
What do you do to prepare for a performance?
I do a lot of rehearsals. They say the real performance is the rehearsal. When you go before the audience it should be fun and not so much work.
What are the challenges you faced when starting out?
The biggest challenge was understanding how the music industry works, knowing where to go and people understanding and accepting your work the way it is.
Who do you look up to in the industry?
I admire great hip hop artists like Octopizzo, Kaka and Juliani both musically and business-wise.
What do you think of the Kenyan music industry right now?
The music industry is doing great but at this stage we need more new faces. The most important thing at this moment is for our local Radio and TVs to promote local artist and talent by playing more Kenyan music.
Are you engaged with anything else apart from music ?
Yes, apart from music, I am a film trainer at Tunapanda Institute in Kibera. I also have a brand off LT empire t-shirts that I sell.
Where do you see yourself in five years to come?
In five years I want to have become a successful entertainer and entrepreneur. I also want to have projects supporting upcoming talent.
How do you think upcoming artists should market themselves?
Artists should use social media to push their songs to a wider fun base but most importantly they should go to events and also go out to mingle with other people in the industry. Networking is essential.
You can follow Judaking on facebook at Judaking HIP HOP or at judakingok.wix.com/judabudaking