1.WHO IS TAM?
Tam is Tamarakoro Ogedegbe, Nigerian born and Nigerian raised (I’m not half cast).
I grew up in Lagos but I am originally from Warri, Delta State and I am Ijaw ethnically.
My name means Power of God and was graciously bestowed upon me by my grandfather.
2. CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND (EDUCATIONAL, FAMILY)?
I grew up in a hardworking home and my parents are still married, I went to R.I.S
(Redeemer’s International School) for primary education and Whitesands/Grange for
secondary schooling. I am currently a Marketing Major at Virginia Tech in the US.
3. WHEN DID YOU REALIZE MUSIC WAS YOUR CALLING?
There was no “moment” or epiphany it was just the music that I grew up listening to
and developed a sincere but severe passion for. I started writing in Jss2 (I believe) and ever
since then it’s been a journey of a million miles that began with one stroke of a pen.
4. WHAT GENRE ARE YOU INTO AND WHY?
Rap. For the simple fact that I love to use and manipulate words when expressing
myself and rapping incorporates rhythm which we as Africans are known to have a
‘thing’ for. I listened to artists in the genre that made me want to ‘spit’
better than they were at that point in time with reason and purpose adding
5. HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR STUDIES & MUSICAL CAREER TOGETHER?
I have to see myself as a juggler, this puts me in the frame of mind whereby I have
to tackle more than 1 thing and keep the rhythm flowing without dropping the ball.
The sadness and the economical demolition of various social infrastructures and
corporations lets me know that if we are going to have anything in this world we
have to go out and get it and stop waiting to be spoon fed, so that thought alone
helps recharge my focus when its dwindling.
6. BEING A YOUNG ARTISTE COMES WITH A LOT OF CRITICISM AND DISAPPROVAL ESPECIALLY FROM PARENTS, HOW DO YOU COPE WITH THAT?
I thank God for giving me supporting and understanding parents. They have allowed
me to blossom and to grow without any hindrance or condemnation but they never fail
to remind me of priorities and things that matter the most in this life. So in this case I’m
coping real well because they hardly give me any problems regarding my music.
7. WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE PERFORMED AT A COUPLE OF SHOWS CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THEM?
I did a performance in Atlanta, GA at a fashion show called Runway Madness. It was a showcase of
African talent in the entertainment and fashion industry. The second show I did was at the Vinyl House
in Virginia for Valentine’s eve. Both shows were experiences I enjoyed, I just went out there and
showed the world where I stand as an artist and the people received me very well and gave me good
feedback. As an artist who is just starting up and building buzz this to me cannot be more key because
it is a morale booster to know that people outside your immediate network of friends can appreciate what
you are doing.
8. WHAT HAS BEEN THE GREATEST MOMENT OF YOUR MUSICAL CAREER?
I cannot say there is a greatest because every time I get a new idea for a song, beat or style of lyricism
I feel I’m going higher and higher, so therefore I keep prospecting great things so there are a lot of moments.
9. OUTSIDE THE MUSIC SCENE WHO IS TAM?
Tam is a student of life and a lover of God (Father, Son, Holy Ghost) and life in general. I try to know a little bit about everything around me and I analyse all
things I perceive. I try to strike a balance between the spiritual and physical, work and leisure, and all things I am
involved in at any given point in time. I love to party and hang out with friends in order to have a good time. Plus I love the
girls, ladies and women in and that are about to be in my life!!!!
10. ARE YOU SINGLE? LOL
For now I am
11.APART FROM MUSIC DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST?
12.DO YOU INTEND ON GOING INTO MUSIC FULL TIME?
Yes without an iota of a doubt
13. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
I see myself on the global stage adding value to people’s lives in a positive way, producing quality music
that would make a formidable impact on my generation and above all enlighten the masses.
14. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF YOUNG ARTISTES IN THE NIGERIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY, WHAT MAKES YOU STAND OUT?
I possess a global appeal and the goals I have to accomplish are bigger than me. I see my music as
a forum of expression whereby I can share with people who I am, what I think of the world around me and
how each of us have business on this planet to handle. I produce beats, rap my lyrics and mix my songs.
I believe I stand for the new age artist who is independent and versatile with depth of knowledge and skill,
focused on a vision and is constantly getting bigger and better.
15. GROWING UP, WHO WERE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Rakim, Nas, Biggie, 2pac just to name the key ones.
16. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE NIGERIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY IS LACKING AND CAN FILL THE VOID?
The Nigerian Music Industry lacks solid infrastructure that can support artists and promote
creativity with wider streams of revenue. We need publishing companies that would make sure
artists get their monies and necessary royalties, copyright offices that would protect the intellectual works of artists.
We need to develop our internet efficiency because this is where the future of music in this world lies, so I believe we
need to beef up our e-capacity in that respect. And above all, a leader who can set a standard with/for the music industry
and also lead the way into the future.
17. DO YOU WRITE YOUR OWN RAPS/SONGS?
Yes I do
18. WHATS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR SONGS?
Entertainment and Enlightenment
19. IS THERE AN ALBUM OR MIXTAPE IN THE WORKS AND WHEN CAN WE EXPECT IT TO DROP?
I am currently working on a mix tape series called Chop Mic Specials and the first is Tear Rubber, it should be
dropping before summer.
20. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER UPCOMING ARTISTES?
Patience, purpose and practice.
21. ANY LAST WORDS FOR YOUR FANS?
I am here today, will be here tomorrow and a very long time after that (God willing) so keep your eyes and
ears on me.
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But if one part of a couple reveals that he is going out with someone as high profile as yourself, it makes the story credible if you can actually confirm this…
Genevieve “Dbanj is an adult and he has said something. Let’s just leave it at that…”
But is it real or a publicity stunt? Is Dbanj lying?
Genevieve “Does he lie?”
Genevieve “I am not inferring or insinuating anything. One person has said something and that really is enough. I am not saying I will never talk about it, but for now I do not wish to say anything about the matter.”
Source: Desola Bakare – Encomium magazine
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News just reached us that MTV base will be celebrating their 5th Year Anniversary this Friday (12-03-2010) at Tribeca.The event promises to be one of a kind with artistes like Naeto C, M.I, Banky W,Eldee and many more in attendance.Its an event not to be missed.GidiNoize reps will be at the event so be sure to watch this space for pictures, news and many more from the event.
MTV Networks Africa and LG Mobile are joining forces to celebrate the fifth birthday of music channel MTV base (DStv Channel 322, AIT and STV) at a celebrity-studded party in Lagos on Friday 12 March.
The MTV “5 On It” bash, sponsored by LG Mobile, will be held at Tribeca, Victoria Island, Lagos, marking the milestone fifth birthday of music channel MTV base with performances from some of the hottest and most influential Nigerian music treasures of the past five years. The party will also celebrate the launch of the LG Mobile New Chocolate series – BL40 and BL20.
Headlining the glittering party will be MTV Africa Music Award winner Naeto C, double Hip Hop World Award winner Omawumi, R&B maestro Banky W, hip-hop pioneer eLDee and M.I., who took home two MAMA awards from Kenya in October 2009. Rounding out the evening and working the crowd into a frenzy with some high octane deck action will be the uncontested king of the decks, DJ Jimmy Jatt, alongside the UK’s DJ Fidgit, tour DJ to Missy Eliott. Also during the party, guests will have the opportunity to experience the LG Mobile New Chocolate Phones.
Among the cool customers expected to dazzle on the red carpet at the party will be Nigeria’s contemporary music glitterati, Nollywood stars, socialites and the business elite. Presiding over the fun will be bubbly MTV VJ Cynthia “C-VON” Okpala, while guests will toast MTV and LG Mobile in champagne courtesy of Christian Audigier.
To win VIP tickets to attend MTV’s fabulous fifth birthday bash, SMS the word “Chocolate” and your name to shortcode 32053, or log onto the MTV base Nigeria fanpage on Facebook at MTV base Nigeria Facebook Fanpage. SMS messages cost N30. Terms & Conditions apply. Log onto http://www.mtvbase.com for more details. Likewise, the first 100 people to purchase either a BL40 or BL20 phone will get a free ticket to the party.
A couple of days back Naeto C performed at the 2010 annual Harvard Business School Africa Conference concert.Here at the pictures from the event.
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