“I want to be a superstar worldwide and inspire my African people to never give up on their dreams. It’s that simple.”
Check out the interview with Romeo exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Romeo: It all began in the DRC, or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 1992. I was entertaining people at family parties and street and community events. In 1995 I moved to South Africa to reunite with my family. In 2001 I was discovered by the group called Fantastic Guy, and we performed together for 3 years. Then, in 2006, I was signed by Richard Siluma. I did my first solo album called My Way So Long, and we worked together for 3 years. By 2010 I went independent doing shows in South Africa. I released 2 singles in 2011 called Kaibass and Good Morning Africa and in 2012 I did two more singles, Everybody On The Floor (featuring Morale) and Waraba Dance Kwakuntsi. I think it was around 2013 when I did a song called She Is My Type (featuring Professor and Benzin), and I Wanna See Your Face with Benzin. After that I did a song called Peace in Africa that featured The Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, and a song called I Really Wanna Dance along with Tumi And The Volume. Now in 2017 my latest single, Tracker Love, was just released in USA
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Getting your music out there though social media, on the radio and performing at different events. Put and keep yourself in the public eye.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Maintaining the integrity of my artistic dreams, being patience and keeping consistent with what I do within my art. Also meeting the right people you’ll need on your need along the road to success is tough.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but how do you find the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Advertising through social media is the best but not the only way to get your work out there. Also, build a good team around you that you can rely on because that’s something you always need.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I now live in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the music scene is kind of quiet there, so I often have to come to New York City when I want to perform and interact with other artists. The Big Apple is where it really all goes down, in my opinion.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I want to be a superstar worldwide and inspire my African people to never give up on their dreams. It’s that simple.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Mainly the big superstars from Africa. Like Bebe Wines, Tania, Angie Stone and Lucky Dube. If you haven’t heard them then you should Google them to check them out. You won’t be sorry.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Some of it is very exciting. If you’re an artist like myself who’s been around for years I believe you really need to hear what newer artists are doing to maintain your perspective.
Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?