Music is becoming the most popular form of art in Botswana. With many talented artists working hard to produce and make good music. We got together with one such artist for a brief chat,Yaw Bannerman.

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1. When did you start your music career?

I’d say it started when I produced ‘The Real’ for Zeus on Flip Side. That was my first commercial move, so I’d consider that the beginning.

2. How do you define your genre? Who are your major influences?

I’d call my genre Contemporary/Afro-Beat. It’s a sound too authentic to really put into a bracket but that would be the best way to describe it. I’m my own influence right now. I’m just perfecting my craft and I stay on it daily, trying to better MYSELF and influence myself with my own music.

3. Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

I write my own songs. I’ve never had a song written for me. I’ve written for a lot of locals too. I write about love lost and love found, my son, money, the future, the past and really anything that I’ve experienced and everything that I COULD experience. I believe the topics could change, as life changes, so will my music.

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4. How has your music evolved?

The growth is really major in the sense that I’ve been a producer for ages and now I’m a commercial artist. The transition was unexpected, even for myself; from producingfor everybody into producing for myself. I’ve just channelledit differently, personalized myself.

5. What has been your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge has been finding the right guys to form my band. Its’been rough but I’ve got the best guys right now and we are about to take it to the top.

6. If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing right now?

I’d probably be doing what I’m doing now. Having bacon and bread.

By: Thabang Sekape

Pic Credit: Michael (Satorienso)