Kanto Dem’s 2020 success story
HAVING a passion for music, the COVID-19 pandemic could not stop him from achieving his goals. Elder Kanto Dem has embraced the ongoing lockdown and produced tracks and a riddim that has seen him telling his success story. Celebrity caught up with Kanto and below is what he has to say:
Kindly tell us about your successes in 2020.
The year 2020 is a tough year considering the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic but I have managed to pick out one or two things in this tough era. I managed to release my video for the track called Baba which I dropped on the 17th of May. I have also dropped handful of singles from the EP called Love Chronicles which is yet to be officially released.
I have been trying to make art with substance, music that conveys a neglected aspect of social life, there by successfully producing anti-incest riddim which through entertainment tries to educated and advocate for our moral uprightness, though it did not reach greater heights the fact that intended message was sent, means I achieved one of my 2020 goals. The riddim features local young artists viz Nayman, Gyl Gee, Dugaine, Kweto and myself had w tracks on it, the most interesting part is we all did a song about anti incest which I think is a must listen.
What are the songs that you have produced that have received fair airplay?
Lately people are requesting songs from my previous album Conscious Mind tracks like Rino gore,When I love and Tipei Nguva have received a bit of airplay on the most popular radio station and shows.
You have been in the industry for some time, which successful artists have you worked with?
Locally I have worked with a lot of prominent artists speaking of Van Chogaand the likes. I started working with him back in 2013. Boss Pumacol, Cally C, Sweetnes, Kadjah the list is endless and regionally I have worked with Namibians, (Uncle V, Tuli 94, Kangweson and Rashehama) and Kenyans (Berine Koroso and Spance). Internationally I have worked with Cornell Philips from Dominican Republic, Diamond White from UK and I also have good links with some Nigerian, Zambian and Ugandan artists.
Apart from producing music, what else do you do?
I am an artist; I think I am better defined by the word “art”
The COVID-19 pandemic is a blow the world over, how did you adapt?
Covid is real. Firstly, I am trying to take all precautionary measures and secondly I am trying to engage my fans, friends and all interested stakeholders on social media, meaning whenever I have a new offering the only place to access it is though my social media handles