Award winning singer, Roberto, climbing to higher heights with latest album 1712

Published: 25 February 2015 | by Danny Tese
Award winning singer, Roberto, climbing to higher heights with latest album 1712
Roberto - photo supplied
Zambia's Multi Award winning R&B musician Roberto is revelling in the success of his latest album '1712.'

The album boasts some of Africa's most popular artists and was named '1712' because it was released on 17 December 2014, which is Roberto's birthday.

Roberto lived in South Africa for sometime and while there, he wrote for and worked with some notable names, including Boom Shaka, Thebe and Buso. Since then, he has not looked back.

Though the Roberto's music is primarily R&B, in an interview with OneVybe he said that he 'loves to add some spice to it' by including rap and some dancehall melodies.

Primarily he considers his music as 'mature, straight to the heart and melody driven R&B.'

Roberto talked about how much music has helped him throughout his childhood. His family was very musical and he always felt that he was meant to do get into music.


Roberto - photo supplied


"My music career kind of started years back, when I was 5 if I recall. Singing was an everyday thing at home.

"We would sing over everything, when power goes out in the night, singing made the black out process short, but professionally it all got serious around 1996."

Roberto said that it all started when his brother got him a PC that had 'Cakewalk' and he credits the music software for where he is today.

He said, "Ironically, the PC did not have a sound card, but after watching tutorials, I got the gist of how to make music and that's how I stated making music.

"Two years later I recorded my first song at a professional studio. The producer at the studio just enhanced the samples, added a few effects to it and it sounded so good, the producer asked to buy some of my songs and that's how I made my first pay out of music."

Since then Roberto has founded a recording company,  BrathaHood Music, with his brother General Ozzy. He is under Kamikaze Entertainment Management and has a publishing deal with Sheer Music Publishing South Africa.


Roberto - Amarulah


On what the highlights have been so far, Roberto laughed and said, "I always try to avoid this question as it usually brings back those memories you surely want hidden for good.

His worst moment is quite recent and he said, "I was performing and this new pair of jeans I got had a zipper problem and I had to keep zipping it up after I noticed people kept looking at my zipper area.

"The best moment recently would be getting to have my song become the biggest ever in my career and still climbing across Africa and the globe, this surely in my musical circles, is quite a highlight indeed."

Roberto bemoans the lack of opportunities for musicians from Africa and he believes that if the rest of the world were as open minded as the people in Zambia are, then music from all over the world would get equal airplay.


Wine It - Roberto


Despite these issues, Roberto is having a successful 2015 and is excited to have an event with singer Sean Kingston in a few weeks time. He said: "The entire month of February has been quite an interesting one and am happy that we end of the month in grand style, as we travel to a town called Solwezi.

"The town is known for huge turnouts, one of the best places to perform in Zambia. That's for the 27th & 28th, 6th March am in Kapiri Town, March 20th in Kabwe."

2015 will also see the release of several videos and hopefully Roberto winning great awards as well. Roberto's priority is to stay connected to his fans and he told OneVybe that they have just launched a WhatsApp line for the fans worldwide.


http://www.zambianmusicawards.com/


With the chats, Roberto wants to engage one on one with his fans and he said. "Also, they get new music info, news, and samples directly sent to their phones and it's another way in which I personally want to keep the many people that love and support my music access to new material, because they make artists across the world."

Roberto's music is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CRBT and can also be accessed on http://tetemesha.com/tetemesha/artist_song.php?artist_id=355&photo=images/art/355.jpg&name=Roberto.

For more information:
https://twitter.com/robertozambia
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialRoberto
http://www.reverbnation.com/robertozambia
- OneVybe
Tags: Roberto, Zambia, RnB,

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