By Willy Nkya

  Shopping is one of those activities, that cant be avoided if you love fashion and style ,but  what about doing your shopping with some live performance, it sounds awesome right!! On 27th December 2017 as I was going around Mlimani city Mall ,hunting the end of the year Sales ,I came across a sidewalk performer by the name Steve Njama,his voice caught my attention and made me wonder whats the story behind this incredible talent
  Steven Njama who is professionally an accountant and his Manager Saycris Simon a Microbiologist ,their love for music brought them together and came out with the idea of performing on sidewalks and malls, they started performing at Mlimani City Mall ,since 23rd December 2017 to 2nd January 2018,with the performance titled “Hisia,Sauti na Gitaa”,this performance featured Almost all kind of music like Jazz, blues, reggae, cover songs and acoustic music .Steven took music serious from high school and has written and recorded some of his original songs which are breathtaking simply because he writes based on reality and the Truth.
 On his breaktime I managed to have a small chat with him and we talked a lot upon music and his performance ,here is our Q&A

MP. How would you define a best artist?
S.Njama: A person with Clear intention, unwavering dedication, patience, perseverance, self awareness and the drive to make for oneself and no one else.

M P; What does music mean to you?
S.Njama :It means a lot since, Music is a language that anyone can understand unlike words, sequences of notes are free to convey pure emotion, unfettered by the need for semantic understanding. Hence music requires less mental processing power than language, and music in its simplest form Music is central to the notion of what it is to be human, and spans cultures, continents and centuries

M.P. what are your favorite song to sing?
S.Njama :My songs, Hill songs

M.P: Tanzania and music, what do you have to say about these two?
S.Njama:In last few years the music has advanced much and in next few years to come there will be a bigger step further in Tanzanian music industry

M.P :Why did you choose mlimani city mall?
S,Njama :Mlimani city Mall is an international place and our goals and visions are to grow   internationally, also there are many people who come to Mlimani city and we are sure there will be many who loves our music.by the way our next target is Mkuki mall, if we get the permit.

MP:What was the best moment in performing at Mlimani city?
S.Njama :The day before Christmas because we had many fans than ever before.

M.P :What has been the benefit of performing on the sidewalks
S.Njama:We have built Connections and network from variety of people that has helped us in our exposure.

MP:Any challenges so far?
S.Njama :We are still at the starting point, hence we need a lot of equipments ,so we may be able to provide quality music, we need advanced combo speaker, microphone and stands.
Steven Njama & Saycris Simon

MP :What keeps you going despite all the difficulties you face?

S,Njama: We know Life won’t always go the way you want it to, but when it comes down to it, you have the same 24 hours in the day as everyone else does. Successful people make their time count. Instead of complaining about how things could have been or should have been, they reflect on everything they have to be grateful for. Then they find the best solution available, tackle the problem, and move on.thats what keeps us going on

MP:What are the best ways to maintain your singing voice?
S.Njama :
1.      Drink plenty of water. Six to eight glasses a day is recommended.

2.      Limit your intake of drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine, which can cause the body to lose water and make the vocal folds and larynx dry. Alcohol also irritates the mucous membranes that line the throat.
3.       Avoid or limit use of medications that dry out the vocal folds, including some common cold and allergy medications. If you have voice problems, ask your doctor which medications would be safest for you to use.

MP.What Message do you have to young artists?
S.Njama :Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying, when the going gets tough, put one foot in front of the other and just keep going. Don’t give up

willynkya(Me) & Steven Njama

   Among the things I have learnt from these guys is how humble and determined they are, they truly pose a good example to youth upon following their dreams and being creative and trying the non traditional ways to generate income and exposing their talents.
Steven and Saycris goals is to take their Music to the next level spreading it to the whole country and the world ,be part of their journey by following them on instagram @steven Njama @cyclione and Facebook (Steven Njama, Saycris Babyegambisa)
All the best Steve and Saycris,cant wait to hear what you have in stored for us in 2018


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