Maleek Berry, is a British-born Nigerian record producer and recording artist famously known for working with top-notch Nigerian artists like, Wizkid (Back to the Matter) as well as for his single Kontrol. The artist was in the 254 for the weekend and we at KenyaBuzz had the privilege of having a one on one interview with star at the Concord Hotel & Suites:
- Which artist in Kenta would you like to work with and why?
Well, I have already started working with Sauti Sol, rather I produced something for them that’s meant to be coming out soon. Also, I’m going to be doing some work for Blinky Bill and I would definitely like to do some work with Victoria Kimani.
- So Berry?
Haha! It’s a name that I’ve had since high school back when I was in a grime garage group and everyone was trying to pick a name- there was a day I came in all Burberry and ever since then people labelled me “berry” and I was also a bit of a sweet boy.
- What’s the one product that you own that you can’t live without?
I know I should say my Bible but it’s probably my iPhone, however in an ideal world it would be both.
- What advice would you give a young African artist trying to make it in the industry?
Well, I would tell them to try and find their truth early on and learn at least one type of instrument, mine’s the keys.
- What do you think West African artists are doing better than Kenyan ones?
I don’t think West Africans are doing better, all Africans coming together is how we make a big impact in the world
- What’s good music to you?
Uhm, the production has to be good, melodies have to be catchy and also the song has to be relatable.
- Why did you decide to come to Kenya?
Heyy, why not? Also, I want to visit as many African countries as possible, also I have a couple of good Kenyan friends back at home who advised me it would be worth my while.
- Do you get nervous before getting on stage?
I get nervous before every single performance, but it gets a lot more nerve wracking now.
- What would you be/do if you weren’t an artist?
In another life, I’d like to be a President, a good President not a corrupt one.