She is not a new name in the industry, has been around and has pulled a lot of stunts as a feemcee. I caught up with the pretty swagged up chic Zee, had a chat with her and ended up liking her the more. The subsequent paragraphs enshrine details of my interview (On The Bench) with pretty Zee. I hope you get to enjoy this as much as I did- as she is not just fun and spirited, but is in many ways a dynamic and lively character.
Notice that our questions assume regular fonts, while Zee’s responses are italicized.
Whats your full name?
Zakeh Maria Ekpong.
How did you get the name Zee?
A lot of frends couldn’t just pronounce my name right so someone shortened it to ZEE and before I knew it,everyone started calling me ZEE. I thought the name was cool so I made it ma stage name too.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m from Crossriver State and from a family of 4. My elder brother, my sis and I were raised by my mum.my dad was a pilot officer in the Air Force and died a long time ago.I grew up in the airforce base and attended Air Force primary and secondary school before attending University of Lagos which I graduated from in 2010
I have always been closer to my brother than I am to my sis so I learnt a lot from my brother. He loves Rap and had a lot of tapes. I used to listen to them with him and then I’d learn a few bars and start spitting. I grew to love Rap music that way
For how long have you been doing music?
Who are your role models?
My mum..she is a really strong woman and has been playing the role of a Dad and mum for a very long time now. How she has handled me and my siblings’ upbringing so far is greatly admired by me and so many people. And Also, the hardworking Video director, Clarence Peters.
What do you think about the Nigeria Music Industry?
Hmmm… the Nigerian music industry is doing very well at the moment if you ask me. It has grown so big in such a short period of time and Nigerian music is now recognised worldwide. Though artistes still tackle little problems here and there when it comes to piracy and royalties… but as it is, things can only get better
At this stage, I cannot make things better on my own. Artistes have to work together to make the music industry a lot better than it is now. On my own, all I can do is make Good music, encourage upcoming artistes to do the same and support any form of organisation that isfor the betterment of the music industry as a whole.
Who have you worked with and who do u intend working with in the future(National and International)?
I have worked with artistes like, tha suspect, minjin of kennis music, Donna diva, Eva and Presh of kc presh, NOSA, Rayce, illbliss, Bigmaxx, Vector, Pryse and so many others… I have intentions of
working with artistes like brymo, Naeto C, Inyanya, and internationally working with Bruno Mars and Eminem won’t be bad
Are you signed under any record label?
No I’m not…
When you are not Zee, what else do u really do?
When I’m not Zee I am Zakeh…I’m probably hanging with friends…
(To be continued on the forth coming paper back edition of Cruise Nigeria)