Crossover singer-songwriter, saxophonist, record producer and entertainer Inusa Dawuda a.k.a the “Black Pharaoh” returned recently with the release of his latest single, ‘Waka Waka Day & Night’, shared on the 1st of September 2023. With releases on recording labels such as BMG and Universal Music, Pacha Recordings, Tiger Records-Kontor Records, Hed Kandi and Kingdom of Music, Inusa Dawuda has also enjoyed success in the smooth jazz/chill-out music genre with some of his hits like ‘Morning Light’ appearing on Café del Mar album vol. 9. If that wasn’t enough, the trailblazing artist has also appeared at venues in Ibiza such as Space, El Divino and Pacha, as well as Niki Beach in Miami, even gracing festival stages at Holi-festival and Kampen Jazz Festival in Germany, and House Music Fest in Croatia. Inusa made it up in the Brazilian dance and pop music charts with ‘Life Is Love’, before being officially crowned ‘Russia’s and C.I.S territory most successful foreign artist” where Inusa´s single ‘Rumours-Digi Digi’ has received millions of radio plays. We chatted to the multi-faceted musician below.
Walk us through your creative process?*
As a saxophonist, singer, and songwriter, my creative process typically begins with inspiration. I draw from personal experiences, emotions or events that resonate with me. For songwriting, I often start with a melody, bass line or lyrics, and then build upon that foundation. Collaborating with other musicians is also a big part of my process. Whether it’s jamming with a band. The exchange of ideas and musical chemistry can lead to exciting results. In my project studio, I focus on creating and recording ideas . It’s a process of layering and refining until I’m satisfied with the song and sound. Ultimately, the goal is to create music that connects with listeners on a deep emotional level but keeping it simple, and I believe this creative journey is what makes music so fulfilling for me.
Who are your biggest artistic influences?*
My artistic influences are diverse and include both well-known and lesser-known figures. James Brown inspired me early in my career, and I emulated his style while adding my unique touch. Bob Marley’s profound lyrics, Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat, Manu Dibango’s musicality, and Grover Washington Jr.’s saxophone skills also left a lasting impact on me. Singers like Barry White and the band Crusaders have influenced me too. These artists have played significant roles in influencing my artistic journey.
What instruments do you play?*
I play saxophones, and I have a basic background in percussion playing, I use play do DJ, Sax and percussion act in club settings with house music in the past. While my keyboard playing may not be stage-fit, it serves as a valuable asset in a studio environment.
What would you like to work with if you weren’t a musician?*
Maybe a doctor like my grandmother wanted
Whats one piece of gear you can’t live without? What equipment are you using?*
Tell us something unrelated to music. What are your hobbies?*
I love music as a hobby. It’s not just and only profession; it’s about making and feeling emotions through melodies. Playing and enjoying music helps me express myself and makes life meaningful and taking me to places I wouldn’t have visited and people I wouldn’t have encountered with without I like to be up to date on what is happening in the world. It is important for me to know about current events. It helps me understand things better and be a responsible citizen of the world. I also do physical exercises for the tasks at hand and enjoy life with family and friends when possible. Like normal people.
If you could meet one performer/artist who would it be?*
I’d love to meet an artist or performer who resonates with my creative energy and shares a passion for pushing artistic boundaries. Whether they’re an established icon or an up-and-coming talent, the key for me is finding someone with whom I can collaborate and elevate our artistry together.
What does the future hold for you as an artist?*
As an artist, the future is a canvas waiting to be painted with new tunes, soulful saxophone solos, and heartfelt lyrics.
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