Omphole-Boichoko popularly known as CHOKO has finally released her much anticipated album and I assure you the album is worth the wait.
NaijaLumia Media had a brief interview with Choko just of recent. Kindly read the details of the interview below.
1. What is your name? Is your stage name different from your real name? If yeah, how did you come about it?
My name is Omphile-Boichoko, My stage name is CHOKO. It was simply derived or shortened from my lengthy name that most people struggle to pronounce.
2. What first got you into music?
I don’t feel like i really had much of making a choice on embarking of the journey of music. From a very young age in primary school and church, i was always selected to be amongst learners who will lead the choir. even at varsity where i joined the University of the Free State Gospel Mass Choir.
3. Who inspired you to make music?
Mostly friends and congregants who appreciated how i touch their lives whenever i sing.
4. How was it like coming up? The struggles and all
I come from a family of 3 girls, my older sister and my twin. My parents got divorced when we were very young and we unfortunately had to stay with my Mother at his parents home after their separation. It was the most difficult time of shaping up and enduring we had to do. we were treated differently amongst our cousins. i don’t know if the stigma emanated from the fact that my Mom was the eldest and the first one to be divorced at her home.
5. How would you describe the music that you typically create?
The music that i personally create is soulful , it always has to start speaking to my soul first. I always hope to write about stories that will bring hope, change mood, provoke love and bring about change.
6. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Im lost for words with the passing of Ntate Tsepo Tshola, i would have really loved to work with him on my next Afrosoul Project. i would also love to work with Ntate Vusi Mahlasela and definitely Bishop Benjamin Dube.
7. What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
I would have had my Masters Degree by now, possibly gathering strength to do PhD. I love how education transforms a person, commands respect and gives one undeniable dignity.
8. How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Change is good and inevitable. we have to move with the times! its growth! The Internet has brought about that element of growth and change in the music industry. It has helped artists to explore new avenues, be more creative and think out the box. we can collaborate with people in different states without being the same room. It has made the music be available with ease in the
9. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
God has already given you the talent, you don’t have to buy fame.
10. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
How underappreciated local music is. How payola tendencies buries talent.
11. Who would you like to work with in the industry? Producers, Directors among a host of others
I would love to work with Selalelo Selota and Afrotraction
12. What’s next for you?
More beautiful music that wil bring about healing and love to the soul.
13. What is one message you would give to your fans?
That my album Healing is available on all digital platforms. and to encourage them that even though times are tough now, losing our loved ones like we are, it wont always be like this. let us stay encouraged, observing all Covid-19 protocols, and believing God for a better day…
Kindly stream her Album below.