I'm very pleased to bring you this interview with musician Ntjam Rosie, whose beautiful music (and fabulous style) has graced the blog before. Ntjam has an impressive 4 albums under her belt: Atouba, the fantastic Elle, Live at Grounds and her latest release from this year – At the Back of Beyond.
Ntjam talks about the importance of being grounded, of taking the time to hone your craft and of persistence. I can't agree with her more that nothing (worth having) comes easy!
What's your passion?
I love the arts, therefore I am an artist. God gave me many talents and they all come together in my music. So music is my passion.
What inspired you to become a musician?
I don't really know… It's not like I decided to become a musician. I was born a musician. This is my calling.
I grew up in Cameroon where music is a way of life. And in Holland, I got the chance to develop the craft. That was a choice, to study. Education is power. Longevity is the outcome of a good musical foundation.
So alot of things and people inspired me to try this music thing. But above all, it is a God given talent that I have to take care of and share with the world.
What has been your greatest obstacle/challenge?
Being independent has been my greatest challenge up untill now. Finding my way in the musical legacy surrounding me is quite a journey. But developing your own sound doesn't happen over night. It takes the time it needs, if you know what I mean.
I know there is an audience for my work and like a tree I grow wiser and stronger everyday because of the experience.
How have you dealt with/overcome it?
I pray a lot. God is the center of my being. His hand pulls me through and guides me through it all. I alone can do nothing. But with him I can overcome any obstacle.
My friends and family are good to me. There are very very loving people around me. I am blessed.
What has your greatest achievement been?
So many. I am proud of my graduation as Bachelor in Music, major in singing and minor in teaching.
I am proud of all the albums I have managed to release independently. I am proud of the team that helps me to run my label Gentle Daze Records. Musicians, management and so on. I am very grateful for those people. I couldn't do it without Team Ntjam.
Where will you be in 10 years?
Only God knows.
How does Africa inspire you?
Africa is my roots. It's in my core. I breath Africa. I have fond memories of my time there. It's important to never forget where you come from. A tree falls down without it's roots. So would I.
Anything else you'd like to share?
Work hard, cry hard, wipe away your tears and march to the top like a real soldier. Never give up – nothing comes easy!
Thank you and God bless YOU abundantly!!
Anything we should look out for in the coming weeks/months/year?
Follow me on social media and my website to stay tuned.
Photographs by Lenny Oosterwijk, provided courtesy of Daniel de Keizer over at Team Ntjam.
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