SKRT Magazine catches up with artist aMAHa on our interview segment.
She talks her style, influences, released projects, her creative process & more exclusive to www.skrtdaily.com
Tell us about yourself
.aMAHa. is the braver, fancier version of a lovely lady from Nigeria who sings with a voice that sounds like honey and burnt whiskey. A recovering procrastinator, she’s
getting comfortable with fear, playing nice with perfectionism, embracing being a multi-hyphenate, and trying to make all the dazzlingly crazy dreams she has come
What influences the art/music you create?
My inner world and artists who make music and art fearlessly.
What genre or style are you sticking to?
Jazzy Afropop or Afrofusion – basically, melody-driven African Pop with Asian, Latin and Jazz elements sprinkled throughout.
What sparked your interest in making music?
I had been sporadically writing songs and poems since I was 13. At 17, I attended the American Modeling and Talent Competition after hearing a local Radio ad and
auditioning. It was the first time I saw teenagers like me using their gifts with confidence and actively going into Entertainment. I realized making Music, Acting, and writing could be a possible career path for me.
What projects have you released or planning to release?
I currently have an album and some EPs in the works. They are truly amazing and I can’t wait to share them with the world!
Previously, I released several singles off the upcoming album in 2020 – “Nigerian Swagger” & “Not Afraid” on a mini-EP called “Noludes”.
Several singles in 2019/18 – “Fresh Fried Rice”, “Space Cowboy”, “Prayer for the Singular”, & “Fresh-n-Free”.
An album – “Quiet Fusillade” – in 2013, and two EPs – “Slack of the Slay” and “Claimant to the Stars” in 2012 and 2010.
You can find all my music on my website – www.amahamusic.com/shop – and on all platforms everywhere including Spotify and YouTube.
What keeps you motivated, what is your creative process?
My motivation is making sure at the end of my days I can boldly say to my Creator I used all the Talents YOU gave me to the best of my ability.
I usually dream or see a song in its entirety – video idea, lyrics, full melody for hook and verse, etc. That then drives what happens in the studio. I am blessed to have some amazing collaborators that can help me take those imagined and rather specific details and make them auditory/real.
What more to expect from your brand in the future?
More focus and cohesion. Continued quality of music. More sustained delivery of music. After experiencing 2020, best believe…I’m coming in hot! So help me God.
Who are you eager to collaborate with?
African and Asian producers & musicians. A full orchestra – Western and West
What is your fashion sense saying?
Young Rich Auntie with a defined sense of style and a distinct swagger.
Poison of choice?
Water, sleep, and organic food. I like my life long and healthy. I dabble in some wine & cocktails on occasion.
Describe your social & romantic relationship status?
Single-single. Blessed with family.
First Date Ideas?
Whatever works for those involved to be honest. If you’re taking someone out, choose somewhere that meets your budget, don’t go there expecting that the more
you spend the more they owe you something. That’s highly transactional and incredibly tacky. If they’ve given you their time, that itself is priceless.
If the place is expensive, it must be high quality/class, if it’s cheap, it should be authentic, if you’re broke, get creative. Regardless of where you go and what you can
afford put some thought into the choice of place and the experience. First impressions matter.
Something well made, reliable and easy to fix. Leaning towards the electric cars.
Vacay country/countries of choice?
History, Nature, or Beach – anywhere in the world.
Soda or Water?
Water. Sugar steals your memory and your youth. Put it down, Sis.
I’ll take nonexistent for $1,000, Alex.
How do you uplift your self spiritually and mentally?
Having core beliefs and faith. Self-reflection. The longest relationship you will ever have is with yourself. You better be sowing love, health, growth, communication,
faith, and honesty into that relationship, so your cup is full enough to give others.
What impact do you plan to leave on society?
This is a huge question. Someone recently told me that she got sick with Covid-19 and one of the major side effects in her case was the complete loss of serotonin and an altering of her brain chemistry. They literally had to put her on suicide watch. The song that kept her going through those horrific weeks was “Not Afraid”, a take on my father’s favorite psalm, Psalm 91. She told me she played that song over and over again.
I was shell-shocked.
I don’t have the hubris to think that my songs should shift societal tides but if every song I make can impact one person in an impactful manner, then I’ll count my Talent
as well-used and meaningful. Every labor to make the song will be worth it. I’m glad to say it took 6 months but she’s hale, hearty and back to her normal self.
Who is/are your mentor(s)?
Angelique Kidjo, Miriam Makeba, Bjork, & Dave Porter.
Give a quote(s) you want to be remembered by?
Oh, my goodness, so many. Why would you make me choose? I hope people pull quotes from my Music and my Writing during my life and long after I’m gone. I hope
my words resonate with them. One quote from me that always makes people stop and think when I say it is, “Righteousness has a brother, his name is Pride.”
Thanks for pulling up, Looking forward to seeing you at the next SKRT Fest event.