SONGSTRESS Sally Ephraim Keya aka Boss Madam has once again wowed her fans and other music lovers with the release of her second album titled, ‘I am Mukwanekamba’. Each song is performed from the heart and the accompanying melodies are impressive. Sally who describes herself as a shy and simple person talks to Confidente about her career in music, how female artists are overlooked compared to male artists and her love for sewing.
Give us a snapshot of who you are?
I was born and raised in Katutura in a strong Christian home. I spent most of my teenage years at church. I was in a choir for over 10 years. I have two brothers and I’m the last born. Growing up in the church choir influenced my desire to sing. The discipline of the church and the way my mother raised me made me the person I am today.
Tell us about your early days as a musician?
I started playing piano at 16 and on my 18th birthday my uncle got me a keyboard for my birthday. I then started composing and writing songs. I met some friends who were DJs at a local radio station, they said I sounded good and should think about recording. I started doing backing vocals at studios for various artists.
How did you develop your sound and what inspires your sound?
I try to be as truthful as possible in my music and my choice of sound brings out the love I have for African sounds as they speak to our people and I wanted people to relate to my music. Western sounds are good but nothing can sound as sweet as an African instrument.
Who or what are your musical influences?
I have a lot of musical influences, but I would say I mainly love old alternative songs. I’m pretty much stuck in the old school.
Congratulations on your new album ‘I am Mukwanekamba’. How does it feel to have put out something that personal and the love it has received from your fans?
I am blessed and I cannot deny God has been a big contributor to the existence of my music. The songs speak a language my fans can relate to and I’m glad they understood and accepted openly what I was achieving. It’s overwhelming to hear the comments of how songs relate to them.
Do you think women are overlooked compared to male musicians?
Yes we are overlooked. The opportunities and platforms for female artists are few. There is a lot of talent out there from females. On the social front the women are standing together but I feel commercially we are scattered.
As a woman, what is your take on the increase of gender based violence? What do you think can be the solution?
We need to teach our kids the value of life, but we need to start now so that when they grow up they can fix where we went wrong.
What has life taught you that you wish to share with others?
It’s not easy to get where you want to go. You might even lose friends along the way. If you truly believe in yourself you will make it.
Tell us something that many do not know about you?
I’m a tomboy (Lol). And I love simple things in life. Like a good pair of jeans and a shirt or top with sneakers I’m done. I love the outdoors more and I’m very shy around people I don’t know so I don’t really go to parties.
Just what do you do for a little fun when not doing music?
I love to sew. I actually make my own stuff when I have time or hang out at my brother’s car garage in Katutura.
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