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Chomee's lyrics look set to wrap the continent around her dainty fingers

By unknown | Oct 05, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Transforming from a teeny bopper dancer, fantastic rapper into a striking pop icon at the forefront of youth culture, is a feat Chomee has achieved with charm and grace.

If her newly dropped CD My Fantasy is anything to judge by, then the pretty lass with the snazzy dance moves is on her way to super stardom.

Catching her breath in between rehearsals, Chomee, who can barely contain her excitement on Fantasy says: "I suppose it's a curious title for some people but it's called Fantasy after the first single from the same album.

"Besides, it's the culmination of my fantasies of experimenting a lot on the CD, which I did. I guess I finally found the formula that makes not only me happy, but my fans and friends too.

"I kept it in the family, working with the dream team: Arthur, Jamela, Presss and Wash," she says with a radiant smile.

Reflectively, Chomee says her success is anchored on the creative talent of her "dream team" who shoulder the responsibility of ensuring that she, if she is not, comes close to the "R" that makes R&B.

"Arthur and Wash leant heavily on the dance tracks," she says.

Contrary to popular expectation, Chomee is not solely responsible for the choreography despite her extensive dance skills, a sport she engaged in from about the age of eight.

"The dancers and I work together, improving concepts that have been put on the table by some of us," she says, downplaying the many glowing comments that have been coming her way since the album's release.

Chomee's meteoric rise from dancer, rapper, to R&B and jazz singer is an admirable display of talent, sheer guts and hunger for continuously pushing the envelope.

"It has been a rewarding challenge, pushing myself from the various levels. It's that never-say-die spirit that keeps me focused and enthusiastic.

"With each album, I discover something new about myself - it's just been phenomenal," she enthuses, literally hugging herself.

"I suppose, like most artists, I have addressed different issues on the various songs. I've carried on where Cried All My Tears left off on the first album. Only this time around, I am doing a duet with Presss on Sick And Tired," she says, referring to the R&B tunes.

"Dlala Nge Figure continues the Jiva Sexy trend. When you hear it, you just want to see me dance. I have outdone myself on the track. Keep The Music Playing should affirm my loyalty to Hip Hop. The album caters for almost everybody," she says with satisfaction.

Remarkably, jazz lovers have commended her for I Love My Bad Boy and You Like The Way.

With two Channel O Award nominations for Best Female Video and Best Dance Video, Chomee looks set to wrap Africa around her dainty fingers.

"The nomination alone already means that I am a winner. It's a great honour that shows I am growing. With lots of hard work, I am close to reaching my goals," says the recipient of the Metro FM Award for Best Styled Artist.

"Nominated against DJ Sbu and DJ Cleo who are already big, shows that I am getting there."

The nominations and performances in Zambia and Malawi mean that Chomee's foray into the African music scene has begun in earnest.


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