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“Following several collaborations with foreign artistes of African descent, I just made up my mind that I wanted it all,” he said. I aspired to be the best. That’s when it hit me like a tonne of bricks that I had to do it. It was either that or death.”
The artist said that his Grammy award demonstrated to people that some tasks can be accomplished by hard work and perseverance.
He added, “I was not celebrating because of myself. It was almost as if I had broken a mental cycle of our people. Our people had been very mentally oppressed to feel like they could not do certain things, and that certain things were unreachable.”
The artiste further explained that he had to put other people first before himself.
He said, “Every day, I realise more that things are bigger than me. I have to think for a lot of people – basically a whole generation – before I think of myself.”