We caught up with musician Mabuye following the release of his excellent album ‘Evolve’. Enjoy!
Tell us about yourself?
My name is Jean Paul, and I go by the name Mabuye, Mabuye is an ancestor name that was passed own from my grandfather all the way down to me, so I wear it like a crown.
I was born and raised in Kigali, Rwanda, came to the US where I studied and finished undergrad in 2014 at Bridgewater state U, Massachusetts. Shortly after, my partner Jay pac, also an artist, and I created a music label ”The Creative Genius”.
What is your songwriting process?
My writing process varies depending on the topic of the song. Lately, I have learned to let my spirit guide, trying to be more present let the music take over.
The melodies are what comes to me naturally; then I begin to write based on the emotions of the beat. The beat is what set the mood for me to write.
Tell us about your latest release?
‘Evolve’ is my latest released, the album was produced by Valencia on the beat, a talented producer also from Rwanda.
Some of the biggest features on the album are on Track #5 ‘Show me’ ft. Kivumbi King from Rwanda, which was the first released single on the album (audio/ video) back in March 2020.
In addition, ‘Valencia’ on the beat is also featured on track #3 titled ‘Born Ready’.
What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?
Self-love and growth. Allowing your self to grow and experience life to your fullest extent.
‘EVOLVE’ is simply a journey of transformation going into my adulthood; the music carries a range of emotions from feel-good party music to deep spiritual healing sounds.
This album is for everybody, young and old; it transcends ethnicities and language barriers.
Who are your musical influences?
Grew up listening to like Lucky Dube, Kayirebwa, Brenda Fasi, Oliver Ngoma, Nas, Lauryn Hill, Vybz Kartel, among others.
Some of today influences are Burna Boy, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, and Samthing Soweto.
Who are your non-musical influences?
Malcolm x, Thomas Sankara, Winnie Mandela, Patrice and Pauline Lumumba
What’s the best gig that you have ever played?
New Years ball 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Me and my partner Jay pac rocked the show all night.
What is your funniest gig moment?
Funny moments happen on the daily while working with my team ‘The creative Genius’ whether we’re in the studio making music, or shooting video.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?
In my experience, as an upcoming and independent artist, it is difficult because you have to everything for yourself from recording/ video productions to marketing.
Reaching out to major platforms becomes a challenge; in the meantime, when you signed a major label, you’re almost guarantee of the opportunities.
But there’s not a downside, everything is learning progress; so far I’m enjoying the journey I have teamed with fellow Artists and producers, that we are able to carry our own in our own limitations.
What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?
There is no formula; the best advice I was given by my mentors was to follow your instinct. Have a plan, break it down by steps and execute it.
What are your hopes for the next two years?
Expand my brand by collaborating with different artists and producer.
Performing on bigger stages. Open doors for other upcoming artists to express themselves creatively.
Read our full review of ‘Evolve’ here.
FV Music Blog August 2020
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