Esther Chungu has a voice of gold. Her recent single proves that. With all the hype surrounding the song, I wanted to get a better understanding of who this amazing artist is. So like any curious music fan, I decided to Interview her. Trust me I was not disappointed. And hopefully neither will you, Ladies and Gentlemen I give to you Esther Chungu………..
- When and why did you start get into music?
I’ve always loved music but I took it up seriously in 2013 when I sung for a pretty big crowd. I got into music because I find satisfaction in singing for people.
- What was the first tune(s) you learned?
The ABC tune, lol.
Yep I remember singing to that tune myself.
- How did you get your Artist name?
I use my real names, because I want my legacy to be built on my given (birth) names.
That’s a really conscious decision to make. But when you look at it even the greats used their birth names. Case in point- Able Chungu, Tasila Mwale, Angelique Kidjo…Need I say more!
- What instrument(s) do you play?
Currently I am learning how to play the guitar.
- As a child growing up music surrounds us, what type of music did you hear then and how does it compare to the music you hear now?
I’d listen to the likes of Hilsong, Jojo Mwangaza, Cece Winans. I also listen to Jesus Culture now, Lotahouse, which is more relatable to me as an individual.
- What was the first song you ever sang? And what did it feel like?
The first song I sung must have been “The king is coming”, which I led during a presentation in Primary school. I was nervous but excited, I remember having fun.
- How did you become involved on the type of music you play/sing now?
I’d say by listening to songs that are similar to the particular type of music I do. I enjoy listening to great people who have gone before me, learning what I can, respecting what I can’t manage to deliver and appreciating what I am able to do. So really, it’s mainly listening and understanding what I can and cannot do and just loving what I do.
- If you had to describe your music in three or four words, what would you call it?
Redemptive, Brave, Relatable, Beautiful.
- What are your songs about? What specific theme do they cover?
They are mainly about turning a sad situation into a redemptive story. My musical theme is “Seeing something beautiful even in an ugly situation”.
- What do you think the biggest opportunity in your career has been?
Having sung the National anthem at this year’s Zambian Music Awards.
- What are your immediate music goals(1-3years)?
-To help someone realize just how much value they have as a person and also how much God loves them.
-To have shows in at least more than 5 African countries during the course of 1-3 years. I’d love to learn other peoples’ culture and musical uniqueness as a country and also share my culture and music as a Zambian child.
- What has been your greatest challenge to date?
My greatest challenge, honestly speaking, is me letting go of some ever crawling insecurities that make me believe less in myself.
Hear, hear..Now that I can totally relate to!
- If you had a chance to change anything about the music industry what would it be?
I would change the support system of artists. I yearn to see an industry where upcoming artists are not seen as threats or competition. I yearn to see a music industry filled with artists who know who they are and respect others enough to let them be who they are as well. I’d like to see an industry which has ‘working together’ as its backbone.
- Do you have any fan comments on how your music has affected/changed them?
Yes I have had people reach out and let me know how my music has blessed their lives and impacted them even in ways of behavior and beliefs. I give all glory to God, I am just a vessel in submission to my Maker.
- What does your family think of your performance? Do they support you?
They believe in me so much and are always blessing me, speaking words of hope and success over my life. Yes they do support me in whatever way they can and I am grateful to God for them.
- Do you have any other interests you would love to share with us?
I plait hair, I am a poet, I love to read, I love to write, I love to laugh and just share joy with other people.
- How do you rate your live performance ability? Do you feel better performing live or in studio?
I am growing, and I am falling in love with live performances more and more. I strongly feel I am better performing live than in studio. I feel freer on stage than in the booth.
- Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share with us?
I asked a guy I liked (and my friends knew I like him) to dance for me and his answer was “I don’t dance for one person”. That was a serious ouch moment.
- If you could perform with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Angelique Kidjo any day any time. I love her as a human being and as an artist. I know she is quite far but I genuinely feel connected to her. Just how she delivers every lyric, every emotion in her songs, leaves me wanting to be and do better. She really inspires me even if she doesn’t know me.
- Is there someone special you would like to thank for making your music special?
My mother. Her allowing me to do what I do has made my music special. I am grateful to God for her.
Here are the lyrics to her new song Esther Chungu Runaway Child Lyrics
We asked Esther some random fire questions and this is how she responded.
Without music I would be……………………. a hair stylist.
My Music makes me feel……………………..fulfilled.
I write songs because……………………………I feel connected to the song more.
Support music because………………………Music if beautiful.