TickuTalk.com is proud to feature a new track by Cameroonian reggae artist Lion Boy, along with an exclusive interview! Recently, a Cameroonian reggae artist who goes by the name of Lion Boy (also known as One Zeal) contacted me and asked if I could share a new song on which he had collaborated with an artist named Adolf Fayaman. Lion Boy is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa which is also where this music video was filmed. Of course, I am happy to oblige and quite thrilled that within a few short months, TickuTalk.com is reaching a global audience 🙂 I hope all the TickuTalk.com massive check out this track and support these artists.
During our email correspondence, I asked Lion Boy if he would mind answering some questions so that I could give readers some more background about him.
Q: Tell us more about yourself and your career.
A: Greetings in the name of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I the First. Thanks for the interview Ajay and the TickuTalk.com crew. I am Lion Boy also known as One Zeal; a Reggae, Dancehall and Hip Hop artist from Cameroon, currently based in Johannesburg SA. I started my musical career as a hip hop rapper/singer with the name One Zeal or Zealous. I’ve always loved writing songs of my own, and my goal was to have a career in the entertainment industry as a song writer someday. In 2005, back in secondary school we formed a duo group called AVOW together with Adah Sings and recorded our first songs. The duo had to go separate ways due to distance and change of residential locations. I decided to take a hiatus and in 2009 I recorded my first track as a singer titled “Face of Africa” which was produced by Adah Sings. In 2010 I moved to SA to study creative writing and became exposed to the Rastafarian way of life and beliefs. I slowly understood and related more to the music and the message which spoke about the socio-economic problems that we faced every day in our society.
Q: When did you start writing and playing music?
A: It very much started with my sisters at home. I come from a family of 6 and I have 5 sisters and growing up we would always sing songs at home and at church. I remember writing my first song for my elder sister titled “Sleeping On The Sky” and she had a beautiful voice and at home she’d sing the song always, that made me realized my love for song writing and singing.
Q: Did you always want to become a singer?
A: No, growing up I wanted to be a writer; I wanted to be the one behind the scene rather than standing in front of the cameras. I loved playing with words and wanted to share my thoughts through writing. I started with poetry and then started rapping. As a rapper I sounded very much like Jay Z, and many people referred to me as “Le Jay Z Camerounais” which in English means “The Cameroonian Jay Z”. Personally to me it was a great compliment but I wanted a name of mine own that would sound similar to that, and my elder sister came up with the name “One Zeal”. “One” because she felt my sound was unique and “Zeal” as she believed my music was surely devoted for a cause. As a rapper I met up with singer Adah and we recorded my first song titled “Backside”.
Q: Describe your music.
A: I call it ReHop Music. ReHop Music is the fusion of Reggae and Hip Hop. It is also the title of my next project coming out sometime this year.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: I am inspired by a lot of different genre and artists; firstly I’ll say 2Face Idibia from Nigeria. His music is exceptional. I love Protoje, from Jamaica; I like his music, the message and the energy it brings.
Q: What do you hope to achieve through music?
I would love to continue making music that gives people hope and has a positive message that can impact someone’s life in a positive way. That to me, would be my greatest achievement.
I want to personally thank Lion Boy for reaching out and sharing his music and passion with TickuTalk.com and I`m very much looking forward to his future releases.