How we manage our differences
They are both solo artistes but South East Entertainment artistes, Harrison Anokwuru, aka Chyzzi and Ede Chikezie Victor, aka Mista Rage, have been dropping singles together. The Cyprus-based artistes speak with OVWE MEDEME on doing music outside the country, plans for the future, growing up and sundry issues.
AS solo artistes, why have you been collaborating with each other?
There is always a need to appreciate the creativity in one another. That is the reason for the collaborations together even though we are separate brands. Also, we got into the studio, and the vibe was good, then the songs just flowed. (Laughs).
Music-wise, do you have similarities or differences?
We have similarities and differences. We just appreciate the same genre of music although there is often a conflict of interest when it’s time to choose a beat. We have so many similarities music-wise; especially when it comes to our goals and what we aim to achieve. But we have very different styles.
Do you see your differences as strengths or as a weakness?
We see them as strengths because as human beings, we can never know it all. Differences can be transformed into a platform to acquire knowledge. That is how we see it.
Will there be a time where you both will decide to form a group?
The future will tell if we will be forming a group or not, but for now, we don’t think so. We wouldn’t rule it out though because, you never know. We are just comfortable doing our own individual things.
When will we be seeing your individual singles?
We both have singles and videos coming out soon. Although we are yet to fix a date for their release, we will definitely be updating information on our social media pages. Hopefully, by the end of summer, our fans will get to hear our individual efforts.
How would you describe your brand of music?
We like to describe our music as a ‘Breathe of fresh air’, because it is different from what most people listen to these days. It is hip hop. It has always been hip hop, although we are also trying to be versatile with our brand.
What does South East Entertainment stand for?
South-East Entertainment was originated based on the regional background of the team. We simply came up with the name based on the different zones we come from. One of us is from the south and the others are from the east. So we put the terms together and came up with South East Entertainment.
What brought the three of you together?
We met here in Cyprus and we been friends since then. Later on, we got to discover our common goals in music and life generally. So we took the music step as a team.
So far, what has been the label’s staying power?
Our staying power has been the dream to enlighten the world with what we like to call ‘Organised Sound’. There is a new sound coming up and we believe we are this new sound. The motto of the label is ‘Organised Sound’.
Did you do music in Nigeria before leaving the shores of this country?
Yes, we did.
Are you looking at coming back home to ply your trade?
Of course we are. Our target market is Nigeria, so we definitely push our music back home.
How did you two meet?
We met through a mutual friend we both knew in Nigeria before we came to Cyprus.
What’s next for you artistes and for your label?
We are working on a trip to Nigeria. And definitely, we intend to stay for a while in order to push the music and blend with an Afro business manager we were introduced to during our last trip to Nigeria.
What are you working on at the moment?
Chyzzi: I am working on my E.P but I have an upcoming single to be released soon.
Mista Rage: Right now, I am working on dropping a couple of songs this year; at least a single and a collaboration with an artist.
For how long have you been doing music?
Chyzzi: Music has been a part of me right from childhood but professionally I started two years ago.
Mista Rage: I have been doing music for seven years. Took a break for a while to sort things and grow my brand.
What were your childhood and growing up like?
Mista Rage: I was born and brought up in Lagos State. I come from a family of four; two older brothers and a younger sister. I think my music orientation started from my parents, before growing and adapting to the sound my brothers were listening to and also my friends. I was surrounded by people who just loved music and that made it easy for me to transition to what I am today.
Chyzzi: I am a South side boy from Rivers State. I was born into a family of five as the first son. Music for me didn’t come easy because it wasn’t accepted by my folks. I came from a family that was strict on education and getting perfect grades in school. It wasn’t easy but I succeeded and went on to chase my passion for music.