Icon of the month

By on December 1, 2012
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Mwiza Shaba (born 30th November), better known as ‘Ariel’ is a Zambian singer based in Ukraine. He is one of the most successful upcoming stars in Ukraine with about 20,000 video views on YouTube alone.  Shaba, also a master’s student at Karazin University, Kharkov, Ukraine is determined to reach the peak of a successful musical career. He became famous in Ukraine with the release of hit track ‘smile again’ which immediately attracted everyone to his music career. Also he was featured by rap artist Krinix Parker in a track ‘memories of Africa’ a song with almost 16,000 views on YouTube just after few months of release.  Mwiza Shaba has been nominated for 2 Indie Music Channel Awards in the USA for his Debut single Smile Again and also at the A/U awards coming soon. He has performed for the president of Zambia and top government officials.  ForeignUkraine24 has decided to honor him as the icon of the month for January & also had an exclusive interview with him.

 

Mwiza Shaba with Krinix Parker doing it Old School

Mwiza Shaba with Krinix Parker doing it Old School

Name:Mwiza “Ariel” Shaba

date of birth: 30 November

Occupation: Musician/Student

Place of study: Karazin University – Economics Faculty

Level of study: Masters

Nationality: Zambian

When and why did you start Singing?  I remember singing/rapping at a very early age probably around 5-8 years old and the reason was that I enjoyed. I come from a Music oriented home, so that influenced me too. Almost all my family members can sing and love Music.

What inspires you to do quality music? Because I love to listen to quality Music, I wouldn’t want to do anything I wouldn’t want to listen to. I’m very particular with Music and I believe in the saying, “anything worth doing is worth doing well”.  Growing up listening to 90’s Music also has its effect. The quality and relevance of that Music is timeless and I am aim for the same. Aiming for excellence should be key.

Which famous musicians have you learned from? Numerous too mention from but the standout ones must be; Bebe Winans, Kirk Franklin, Boyz 2 Men, John Legend, MaliMusic and Brian McKnight.

Musical Achievements:

  • 2012 – Nominated for 2 Indie Music Channel Awards in the USA for my Debut single Smile Again.
  • Currently on top 50 of the best African songs on Afribiz African Charts with “Memories of Africa Video” in my collaboration with Cameroonian Rapper Krinix Parker.
  • Nominated for 2 Awards in the African Ukrainian Entertainment Awards for this year, slated for end of January, 2013.
  • Singing at Salsa Grand Finale in Zambia in 2011.
  • Singing infront of the President of Zambia, former presidents and government officials with Jesse in 2010.

What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your   neighborhood or town?

  • The highlights have to be singing with my siblings and close friends, be it at home or away. The music just made us forget about everything else and always made us express ourselves freely and in turn create a stronger bond.

Other Hobbies: Watching and playing Soccer, Cooking and visiting new places.

Where do you see yourself five years from now? Difficult question coz the past one year has been like a dream. God has accelerated my progress so much. Well, I’ll have collaborated with some of the best Artists in the world and will have a huge impact on this generation with my Music and sharing God’s love. I’ll own a Studio/Media house too.

Name three things you can’t live without? Bible, Phone and Internet.

What is the proudest moment of your life or most memorable day? Well, they are 3. The first time I saw my name and picture in the biggest Newspaper in Zambia after my first Public Performance at Golden Bridge Hotel in Zambia in 2011.

Getting nominated for the Awards in the USA and getting my Bachelors at 18 years.

Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones? Tapes, yes. Growing up around my sister, I remember listening a lot to Westlife, Craig David, Michael Learns to Rock and Lutricia McNeal.

Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV? Yes I do. I’ve performed on all these platforms countless times. Most of them have been live performances as I am a huge fan of live Music and always working at getting better. I love concerts and radio the most maybe coz they allow me to be more intimate with my audience as TV is less interactive but covers the widest coverage.

How do you balance your music with other obligations – mates, family, school? I try to contact my friends and family as often as I can. I can safely say I talk to my inner circle atleast once or twice a week no matter how hectic school gets. Family is something I can’t replace and earlier this year I had to choose between travelling to Germany for a Concert and going to Zambia to be with my family. I chose my family.

Am blessed with a family that support my Music and believe in me and my parents are always the first ones to wake me up or remind when I have an interview or show and always stay up to watch me or listen to me. I am a blessed man.

Philosophy: Stay humble, follow the inner voice from God always when faced with difficult choices. I don’t believe in the word “impossible” anymore because God says “I M Possible”. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Favorite quotes: Got none but I like this old Memory Verse from my Sunday School days, ”Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good”. (Romans 12v21)

Greatest dream: Working with American Producer BabyFace and getting a Grammy Award.

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know? I have a twin brother called Chimwemwe.

lastly, is there anything you will like to say to ForeignUkraine24? Thanks for the opportunity to cover Ariel and I’ll be having a lot of Concerts in Ukraine the next 6months so people can check my pages for info.

Any Shout outs: Elite Records, Revolution Records, Artisteq vibes, my family, close friends and family for the support. I love and cherish all of you.

Contacts:

Facebook FanPage:ArieltheArtist

ARIEL

ARIEL

Facebook Personal:Mwiza Ariel Shaba

Twitter:ArieltheArtist

Website:www.ArieltheArtist.tk

Email:donmwi@yahoo.com

Links to your Music:

Reverbnation:www.reverbnation.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/arielzambia

Hulkshare: http://www.hulkshare.com/ArieltheArtist

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/arieltheartist

 

 

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