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MY BEST SONGS COME FROM PAIN! – Rwandan Afro Pop Singer

By Yetunde Oladeinde

Neza Patricia Masozera recently poured her hearts out in an interview with a Nigerian Newspaper.

How did you get into music?
What are you working on now? –

Music has always been part of my life. I grew up in a home full of music
lovers. My mother used to play music
around the house when I was a little girl and my siblings are also huge music lovers, so that’s how I was first introduced to music. Professionally, it started when I recorded a hook for a local rapper in Toronto’s major radio stations, that’s when I realised that I wanted to pursue it as a career. Right now, I released a single titled “Killa” produced by Pimp. The video is out now and it’s available on all good digital platforms. I also plan on releasing a body of work early in 2020.

What gives you inspiration to do the things you do? –

I get inspired by everyday life, what I go through and sometimes what people around me are experiencing. Whether it’s relationship or just life in general. Most of the songs I sing about are about love, especially heartbreaks. My best songs came from pain I’ve felt in my relationships.

Let’s talk about some memorable moments as a singer

Going on my first US tour in 2017 was definitely a highlight. Also performing in different cities around the world, like in Haiti, Mayotte, Uganda, Ghana, just to name a few, is a dream come true. I’ve recorded music with some of my favourite artistes which I can’t disclose any names at the moment. But as soon as they are released I’ll be able to share the good news with my fans. Be on the look out!
“…coming to Nigeria to pursue my music career was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I wouldn’t change the life I live now for anything in the world. I feel fulfilled”

How did you get into Nigeria?

I was offered a record deal early in 2017 from a label that is based in Lagos. I left my full-time position working for a government agency in Ottawa, Canada, called OSFI (Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions ) and relocated to Lagos to pursue my music career full time.

What are your memories growing up in Rwanda?

Unfortunately, I only lived in Rwanda for three years when I was a little girl. My family relocated to Kigali after the Rwandan genocide that happened in 1994. I attended different schools (Primary and Secondary), then moved to Canada in 1998.

What were some of the challenges encountered on the job?

Getting my music to reach a wider audience. Not having a big budget to help fund some of the projects. Being in a city that isn’t my home and not having my support system around can be hard sometimes.

Tell us about your career. When was the turning point?

It would be coming to Nigeria to pursue my music career. That was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I’m creative and siWng at my desk from 9-5 was the hardest thing for me. I felt like my life was passing by me and I was missing out on my true calling( making people feel good through my music). I wouldn’t change the life I live now for anything in the world. I feel fulfilled!

What lessons have you learnt on the job?

To trust my own instincts and stay true to myself. When I moved to Lagos, almost every decision with regard to my music was made for me. From my type of music I should make down to my image and it did not
work out well. So now that I’m independent I’m in charge of what I put out and so far, the feedback has been great. I get to give my fans the real me.

Let’s compare when you started and now; what has changed?

I would say what’s changed is the people behind me now. When I first started, I didn’t have much support. I pretty much did everything myself. I juggled a full time job and pushed my music career on the side. There was management or PR team, but now I have a wonderful team that’s dedicated to help build my brand and take it to next level.

What are some of the items you treasure in your wardrobe?

My shoes! I have been collecting shoes for a few years now. Love me a cute pair of heels. I’m a short girl, so cute heels are a must -have for me!

How do you relax?

It’s a mix of Netflix, documentaries on YouTube and my favourite TV shows: Flatmates, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, sometimes Keeping up  with the Kardashians.

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