Afro Hustler was pleased to have a one-on-one dialogue with Nabil Fongod Africa’s talented urban Afro music artist who has a great vision for African music, fashion, and entertainment. Nabil Fongod is the main man behind the T.I.A concept. #ThisIsAfricaTIA is a special project by Nabil which recognizes and appreciates the hustling spirit of the African youth (Afro Hustlers), yet celebrates their eventual victories. Let’s get what #this true afro hustler has to say.
Let’s get what this true afro hustler has to say.
Tell us what we need to know about Nabil.
I’m an entertainer, a hustler, a media personality, artist, actor, business man, and entrepreneur.
2. For how long have you been doing music?
I have been in the entertainment industry since the year 2000 as a teenager. I started my professional career on the radio while pursuing music along. Definitely, I’ve been in this business for 15 years
3. What’s your genre?
Musically and about urban Afro music.
4. Where do you draw inspiration from to write your music?
Basically, I inspire myself from my life, environment, and experiences.
5. Do you sometimes have any regrets joining this industry?
No, I don’t. Never wanted to do anything else… and so far it’s been great. I’ll do it again in a different world.
6. What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
How to make money faster and bigger and better understand the business of the industry. But that was just because when we started there was no industry and we had to build one from scratch.
7. Tell us more about your style.
Musically my style is a reflection of my lifestyle, hustle, looking good, making money and being the street reporter. My style is original and unique. Moreover, I am a trend setter, not a follower.
8. You are working on a project TIA. Tell us about it
This is the project that I started when I moved down to Africa. I realized that due to the perspective the west had attached to the images of Africa online. In all respect, about 75% of those images are negative. Being an entertainer of my caliber, I felt I had a role to play culturally to improve on the image of our dear continent on the Internet. So we started with a picture campaign posting pictures depicting the positive, the bright and emerging side of Africa. Better still, from the west perspective that Africa’s lifestyle is a bunch of suffering and misery . The T.I.A concept steps in to clarify that Africans are very happy in their lifestyle. I came up with a song ‘This is Africa TIA’ inspired by that and a movie now inspired from the song . And we plan on dropping a sequence of TIA movies.
9. What’s the one thing people will be surprised to know about you? It could be a hidden talent.
Wow! acting and I guess now with three movies to my name that’s no secret. Apart from my personal Kind of private secret talents, I guess I have been able to do all I felt capable of and ever dream other doing .
10. Who’s your celeb crush?
I have so many but I’ll say Gasha for music and Sydney Emade for movies. On the other hand, Abigail for models and video vixens and Nora Ndem my Miss Crush.
11. What’s your favorite song right now?
I don’t have one favorite song but I have got a few I’ll give my top 5
NABIL FT Pazzo- ThisIsAfricaTIA
Kikoh – Mukum
Rennis- La sauce
Pascal -Kinna Kinna
TÉNOR- DO le Dab
Ambe ft Daphne – Better Boyfriend
After TIA those are my top 5 songs of the moment.
12. If you could go open for any artist on tour who would it be?
As an urban Afro music artist, am thinking more now on who can open for me not really who I could open for. I have already fulfilled those wishes. I wanted to tour with Davido and IcePrince and in 2013 I toured Europe with them and opened up too. At the moment, I want a headline not thinking of opening.
13. Who’s your favourite Cameroonian artist at the moment?
Female has always been Gasha and Male now should be Jovi.
14. What do you think about the music industry in Cameroon right now, and what is it that needs to be done to improve it?
I think it’s growing very well. We need professionals behind the scenes and money to get to world class standards.
15. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Being one of the most powerful, relevant, and influential people in African show business; a mogul, a boss, with a platform for other talents to shine and get exposed.