The first time I interacted with Ambition was when he texted me about his interest to be featured in StartUp. I gave him a lukewarm response but he kept insisting. I later checked out his music on Viusasa, Boomplay, Ngomma, Tubidy, Youtube and Skiza among other platforms and felled in love with his style.
He has always been ambitious in life with an immense desire to achieve the best in whatever field he is, thus the name –Ambitious. Just like many musical journeys, he started singing at a young age but he was more passionate about theatre. Over time, his music skills got better over acting, he settled for the former. His first song was hip-hop, then afro pop, but lately he’s found a way with bongo music. Inspired by what is affecting the youths in the society, Ambition shares his journey in the following interview.
Do you have anyone you who has mentored you?
I don’t really have a mentor, but I have a couple of role models I look up to and most of the time I keep a close eye on everything that they do.
What are some of the challenges you have gone through in view of your musical journey?
Financial constraints will be one of the main challenges since to put up a good music, you need finances. You will need to pay for good sound recording, video direction, recording and editing. It is a very competitive industry to say the least. So everything must be topnotch.
Also for young and upcoming artistes, getting a slot on TV or Radio is an uphill task. We often get turned down by the hosts while media plays a huge role in boosting the profile and career of an artiste.
I don’t really have regrets but am inspired to make a big name for myself in this game, and also leave a mark. My joy is to see people love, inspired and jams to my music all over the world.
What kind of messages or vibe do you pass through in your music?
Basically, the message I convey in most of my music is to appreciate a woman’s beauty, having fun, of course talking about love and heartbreaks. We have one life to live, let’s live it to the fullest, let’s do what we are so passionate about.
What do you think can be done to get you from where you are to stardom?
Well, first Trusting in God, I need to constantly release music, work with big artists who have already made it and also have a strong management team. I believe with this, I’ll be on the highway to stardom.
Any experiences that has shaped your music in a major way?
Yes of course, with music comes lots of experiences.I believe one experience that shaped my music is seeing other big artists performing with live bands and doing live performance. This is what fans always crave for and I think it’s high time we adjust and gift the fans what they love.
So performing with a live band is something that is on my to do list.
Which kind of performance that stood out as the best for you?
Well, one of my best was when I performed at the Mashujaa Awards in 2019 at Carnivore Simba saloon. Great people were in attendance including the Nairobi County Women Rep Hon.Esther Pasaris and Embakasi MP Hon.Babu Owino. I also performed at the Samantha Bridal Fair early this year at Sarit Centre.
Any awards you have won? What do they mean to you?
I haven’t won any awards yet, but have been nominated in more than three awards, that alone proves that I have lots of potential. I am optimistic that soon, I’ll win international awards and just fly the Kenyan flag high.
How are you coping with COVID-19 setbacks as a musician?
Well, Covid-19 has messed things up, we no longer interact with fans in events, but that doesn’t stop us from doing this online, virtual interviews and live streaming events. Pushing content online has worked for us.
The digital platforms will help increase awareness about our music and stretch outreach to many fans.
Anything we can look forward to?
I have a lot in store. My fans need to expect something bop because I am working on a collabo with Otile Brown.