#Get to know your artist: Tonny Syumah

Upcoming Musician Tonny(pictured) sat down with Joe as he explained his musical Journey

Today we bring to you Tonny Syumah who is an upcoming artist and a very talented guy. So he sat down with Joe the youngest guy and had a few chats here and there. So Lets so what the young guys were up-to:

  1. What’s your background story?


“love for music drove me to do music” says Tonny (pictured)

Tonny Syumah is a hiphop artist based in Huruma, Nairobi. I developed the love for music as a kid but it was during my secondary education that my interests grew and I decided to become a musical artist.

  1. Who are your biggest influences?

Internationally – J Cole, Jay Z, Notorious BIG and 2 Pac

Kenya – Wyre, Mejja

  1. What hip-hop albums did you grow up listening to?

Jay Z – The Blueprint and Ready to Die by BIG

  1. What would be your dream collaboration with any rapper or producer?

Internationally – J Cole

Kenya – Octopizzo

  1. What drew you to the music industry?

My love for Kenyan Hiphop

  1. Please explain your creative process

Most of the times the beat talks to me by giving me tone and subject matter to talk about. Other times I just get a beat and determine if it fits a certain topic. Sometimes the chorus comes first and determine how the verses will be.

  1. What’s an average day like for you?

Wake up at 7am, go to work. In the evening I hit the studio, spend time with my family, Sleep.

  1. Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?

Yes. There is a lot of coded language in my music but people usually look at the literal meaning. I think its because I like to use simple language

  1. Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?

Yes I do. I first need to listen to the artist’s projects and determine where they fit in my sound. If an artist approaches me for a collaboration, the process is the same only that I have to determine if its worth it.

  1. Tell us about your hit song Mboka ni mbekse remix featuring Okysde

The song is a remix to Mboka Ni Mbekse, the original version that I did last year. So Oksyde heard the track and hit me up to do a collaboration. So he recorded his verse at his studio and sent it to me, I recorded mine and did a video.

  1. Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans

Most of the times I interact with fans during events and talk to them via social media and songs

  1. What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?

My favorite part is when I do a song and people love it

  1. Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?

Yes. I remember the first time to perform at a big stage. I was so anxious that I wanted to just leave.

  1. Do you have released any E.P out there? If there is please explain about them

I have a 7 track EP that premiered on November last year. Its called Kunta Kinte. Its basically a hyped type of project that I did in preparation to my LP

  1. Have you won any music awards? If there is tell us more about the win

Not Yet but I will

16. Tell me about your favorite performance venues

I love performing in large venues preferably open fields due to sufficient space.

17. What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Believe in what you do and do it for the right reasons

18. ‘What do you enjoy most about being a musician? What do you hate most?

I love the fact that I get to create music. Its just a marvelous feeling. I hate dealing with fake people but I understand it’s a job hazard.

19. ‘If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?’

The bad attitude of some Kenyans towards our music

20. A one word for your fans?