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Ty2 is a Zambian musician who has been involved with the music industry for more than 20 years…

Please tell us about yourself.

I am a Zambian musician and have been involved in the music industry for years I transitioned to gospel music a few years ago.

He recorded his first single titled Ninakupasa love in 2003 and this was immediately followed by his hit album titled Smile which was launched in 2004. His first album sold thousands of copies within Zambia and abroad. Most of the songs on the album were hit songs and up to 5 songs on the album featured on the Zambian Radio Charts including smile which topped the charts. Since then, Ty2 has never looked back and has gone on to record four more great albums including Ty2 (Feels good), Nu beginning, Forever, and Ty2 feat Ty2 which all sold out. Ty2 is a former nominee of the prestigious African awards, the Kora Awards. Locally he is a former nominee of the Ngoma awards. He has performed in Europe and Africa sharing the stage with some of the World’s renowned musicians. Ty2 has also been involved in promoting peace and civic awareness using his music and talent. 

Ty2 is a Zambian Musician born on 11/06/1981 in Woodlands area of Lusaka city. He is gifted with a big and gusty voice but switches it on his choruses and has a huge talent for composing and writing songs that reflect love life, passion, and lifestyles. Ty2’s career took off more than twenty years and since then he has over 5 original albums, all of them hit albums. His first album was smile launched in 2004 and since then he has never looked back recording four more albums including Ty2 (Feels good), Nu beginin, Forever, and Ty2 feat Ty2 which have all been sold-out.  His dominating voice and demeanor have earned Ty2 consistency, respect and admiration among both the young and old music lovers in Zambia. Ty2’s ability to galvanize his audiences and followers through his gusty voice, lyrics, special choice of beats and melody has led him to win over a large following of revelers in the music industry.

Ty2 sings most of his music in the nation’s dominant languages such as Nyanja, Lozi, and English. His beats fuse in Hip hop, Reggae, Ragga, and R&B. He also gives his music an afrobeat touch.  Ty2’s love songs carry an infectious sense of passion, optimism, and hope for lovers, broken hearts, and lonely hearts.   The passion and optimism in his songs pervade all his music, touching and appealing to young and old people alike. As a result, he commands a large following among women both in Zambia and outside. Ty2 is a socially and politically conscious musician and his commitment to peace and civic awareness, saw him record a song/video for peace and governance alongside JK, Hamoba, Joe, and Runnel for a Non-Governmental-Organization (NGO) called SACCORD which was used to campaign for peaceful elections in 2016.

As a husband and father to three children, Ty2 has over the years developed a sense of social, political, and economic responsibility which contributes to sustaining a better future.  Ty2 has performed in different countries including in the United Kingdom sharing the same stage with Rhumba maestro Kanda Bongoman. In 2005, Ty2 was nominated for the Kora Awards held in South Africa in the best Reggae/Ragga category. In the same year, he was nominated for the Zambian Arts premier awards in the Best New Artist category at the Ngoma Awards. Ty2 has performed live during the Kora awards in South Africa where he mesmerized the audiences and those who were watching across Africa with his hit song smile.

Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Who inspired you to make music?

Music was never really something that I even thought I would do, but I loved listening to it and dancing.

Was there a time where you thought of doing something completely different?

It was at school where I first stood and sang in front of an audience. The response was so cool I got ” good hugs ” and compliments from the girls, some that I secretly had crushes on😁 .

I later joined a group called ‘Male Chorus’ and it took off, the love and passion grew from there to the point where it followed me everywhere.

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

I started writing my own music, got into rap, and Ty2 was born. Different sounds all played a role in getting me where I’m at today.

Away from music, my thoughts were only focused on getting an education, running my own business. I’m hooked on fashion and I have my own little clothing line ( Biggbuoy / Bawse Lady )which I intend to really grow at some point. Since day one, it’s always really been about the heart. Whether love song or where I am now doing Gospel as my main and new identity. I have always focused on content that digs deep into emotion. Message-based music.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

On collaborations, I like Dr. Tumi! There are more artists out there  but that name came to my mind first..😁 I’m a fan.

How do you think that you have grown as an artist since your first release?

When it comes to growth,🤔 I have evolved from the excited, jumpy, and party-ready character to a more mature artist, careful with what I pen down. Not only about beats but content-rich music. It’s been a long journey and experiences of life, ups and downs of the industry have groomed me into what I am today.

What do you think of the evolution of Gospel music? How do you think it has changed since you have been making this music?

As times change, all are bound to change up and adapt. I have heard some sounds that took me a min to guess its gospel.
It’s gotten to a level where we have new school artists that have made it “cool” and more appealing to even the young minds that are taken by what they see on tv, it’s blended well into urban culture.

I must confess, this is when I have gotten Into a 💯% gospel music and I’m more attached to worship type of gospel music but happy at the same time because of the diversity of it now and i believe it has to evolve too if we are to reach all age groups and save souls.

What do you think of social media today and the importance of it for artists now? Do you find that it’s hard to keep up with it all?

Coming from a background of little to a non-existent social media presence and only catching up now 🤦🏾‍♂️, It has had its positives. It has made marketing the music easy, access to more people easy, lessened work of physically doing things to just a click of a button.

Social media has made life easy and any artist ought to jump in both old and young otherwise get someone that is up to date with modern trends to run media presence if for any reason one fails to catch up.

We are living in a crazy and at times rough world right now so I am curious how you think being a musician gives you the most joy in life today? How do you think that new music being created today is going to reflect these difficult times?

Being an artist in this period is painful.. Our office involves people, and right now gatherings are suicide with this covid19 situation. Money flow is less to non, some artist are now in very bad situations because of the hand to mouth situations, some can’t pay rent, no business.

Passion for what we do offers comforts. It is well. Trust in  God, maintain communication with Him and all shall be sorted.

Being social commentators, we are the best people to give hope, to tell people it will be ok, help them overcome fears through positive music, inspirational music.
It’s not easy but it is well, we are not alone.
Our words can change and move mountains.
Each artist has to decide on what energy to unleash into the world.
Let’s create music that will last and create memorable moments for us and the listener.
One fact for sure is popping bottles music, I got this music, shake this n that music will seem to be the in thing it’s a reality check will say different.
Leave a legacy🔥

Would you like to share anything else about yourself or your music with our readers? ​

All I  can add is that I started my journey  in church, I got lost and I’m now back home, back where it all started, with God🙏🏾
My album “I AM HOME” will be out by early October and will be available on all platforms for all to get and be blessed.
This will be my 6th studio album but I’m counting from 1 because of my new journey.

COVID is cold, stay safe, show love, care.

Article conducted by C. Mkasanga

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