ThinkGhMusic-Who is Zygee and how did you get your beginning in the music industry?
ZyGee-An artist is somebody who tells the story of life through music in a creative way, perform to entertain and give a particular message to his/her listeners. I realized my love for music when I was in basic school, as a talented drummer I represented my school in the interschool culture competition and would always come out first in playing the talking drum and would also lead my schools culture troupe to the final stages of competition where we would mostly come out the winner.
In the year 2000 musical artiste like “Kakalika”, Volta Defenders and other musicians would come to my village to promote their music and as a young child would follow them everywhere enjoying the sounds of music and miming them as we would go on. When I got to class 5 in the primary school I wrote my first rap song which most of my friends still know me for.
I left my village Anloga to go to Kumasi in the year 2005 to attend Secondary School where I displayed my musical talents to all of the school as a rapper and drummer. Just after finishing Secondary school I decided to take my musical career more serious and I visited a studio for the first time and have been consistent in the studio since 2013 after recording my first master track named “God Dey” meaning Emmanuel or “God is With Us.” I was recognized in the Volta Regional Music Industry and I am still working tirelessly to get Nationwide and International recognition in the music industry.
ThinkGhMusic-Where do you come from and tell me a little about your family?
ZyGee-I come from Anloga a town in the Volta of Ghana. I am Martin Ocloo the last born and second male of the five children of Mr. and Mrs. Ocloo all of Anloga. I lost my father when I was 9 months old and was raised by my mother (Ami Ocloo) who saw me through my education to the tertiary level. My mother is 76 years of age and I love her so very much.
ThinkGhMusic-Who is your inspiration and how do they inspire you in your career?
ZyGee-I have heard of Sarkodie when he was a Rising Star like I am today, I’ve heard a little about his hustle but through hard work and determination he is the biggest brand in the Ghana music industry today. This alone should be an inspiration to every up and coming artist from this part of the world and since I am one of them it really inspire me a lot. Edem is also one of the great Ghanaian artist whose breakthrough in this industry is a big inspiration to me. Edem speak the same language I speak(Ewe language) which was one of the minor languages as at the time he was struggling to hit the limelight, his creativity and ability to catch the attention of the industry players made me realize there are no language barrier’s in music. I therefore chose to also rap in the Ewe language same as Edem but with different style of approach and craft.
ThinkGhMusic-Any tips for future musicians trying to make it in today’s music industry?
ZyGee-I don’t think I have enough experience to share as a Rising Star but there is one thing that I do realize about the music industry and will share it with you. Music is a profession of it’s own and needs full attention and focus from the musician, those who do music only for the fun of it will not make the name for themselves that will last forever as will the musician who takes their music seriously and professionally their names will last forever as far as music is concerned for they have strived hard to make a good name for themselves with their music. As Rising Stars I believe that we need to dedicate ourselves and really work hard if we really want to do music professionally and go to an international platform with our music. I know and understand the financial difficulties with making music, but let’s make sure that any song that we bring out to our fans has a great message to them…Good Music Always!~!
ThinkGhMusic-What genre of music do you consider your music to be?
ZyGee-I do Hiplife, Hiphop and Rap music. Hiplife is the major genre of music that Ghanaians do.
ThinkGhMusic-What does this song “Adukonu” mean to you and why did you write it?
ZyGee-“Adukonu” is one of the best songs I’ve written, this song talks about relationships with friends and how they can turn out not as we had thought they would, how that your friend will act like they love you only to be your worst enemy when your back is turned from them. I wrote this song from personal experience and from the advice that my single mother gave to me as she had no one but herself to teach me and look after me. She told me several things about how harmful people could be to you when you least expect it and I took into consideration all that I had learned and her advice and wrote this song in which I displayed my talking drum skills to show how much I love my culture.
ThinkGhMusic-What can we look forward to in the near future from you?
ZyGee-I always say that the future is bright in the music industry for ZyGee is a brand that will never disappoint his followers and fans since I am never going to give up or leave the music business. In a few years I will be celebrated internationally and one of my biggest dreams that I want to see to fruition is great collaborations between me and other great artists like Jay Z and Company.
ThinkGhMusic-As a musician, how do you feel giving back to your community who support you is important?
ZyGee-There is a saying in my country that states ‘He who did great deserves an appreciation, a community that supported to success need to enjoy the fruit.” I don’t think its a bad idea to give back to the community, who knows if there is the next you who needs your help to shine.
ThinkGhMusic-Where do you see yourself in the music industry in 5 years?
ZyGee-I believe that by 5 years time, my name shall be mentioned among the artistes making Ghana proud.
ThankGhMusic-Thank you for your time and I wish you all the best in your quest for success in this industry…God bless you always!~!ZYGEE-ADUKONU-ProD-By-IK2016.mp3 (7 downloads)