For the past few months, we have been bringing you exclusive interviews with SA CCH artists, this week in the mood of Africanacity and opening a portal of intercontinental engagement we zone into the life of Zambian CHH artist ER’.
Patterson Chibela Chikesenge A.K.A ER’ has been in the rap game since 2011, he has released 12 singles (Just 4 You, Nkonkonko, Picture Perfect ft. Lizwe, Am A Believer, Not My Portion, Big Brother, No Worries, Victory Lap, Lullaby, Ambuye, Undabeko, and Mbasela) and an album (Akashimi) that debuted in 2018. His music is a fusion of Zambian local Culture, Local Language, English, Afro Pop, and Modern Day Hip-hop. He shares that growing up he always did things irregularly hence his friend would call him Irregular, the name was too long so he shortened it to ER’ a name that represents his style and message. “His desire is to bring transformation to his generation through Music, Culture, Art, and creativity so that people could find their purpose and make the world a better place.”
Prior to him launching out as a musician, ER’ and a number of his friends founded a record label in the year 2010 called “428 media” where he helped produce and write music for various Zambian artists. One of the most prominent moments in his life was him receiving Jesus Christ, which in turn inspired him to write and release one of his biggest hit singles known as “Big Brother,”
The CHH artist who is also a sound engineer has worked behind the scenes of live events that have hosted an array of artists such as Lilly Million, Abel Musuka, Suffix, and many more. He also works in production at a Zambian based radio station, Pheonix which is where you will find him when he is not in the booth or the stage. In a live performance ER’ looks for clear vocals and audible instruments, the chemistry between the band and the artist “When there is chemistry the performances are always lit,” and the connection between the performer and the audience. ER’ has shared stages with local and international acts; including Bobby East, Macky2, Sobre, Abel Chungu Musuka, Trinah, and Donnie McClurkin. He discussed that he didn’t think SA CHH is really getting much exposure in Africa, “because a lot of SA (Christian) rappers don’t do collaborations with other African artists; collaborations in not just recording songs but doing shows together as well.” Collaboration is one thing that we truly need work on should we want to expand the Kingdom of God through the art form God has called us into. That said stay on the lookout because we at SACHH have something brewing that you don’t want to miss out on.
ER’ expressed that he would love to collaborate with Loyiso Bala, Khaya, Blaque Nubon, and Onesimus in the future. He is currently working on his second album Clear that includes features with Solomon Plate and Mikrophone 7 and possibly Esther Chungu. His music video for Mbasela has been playing on Trace Gospel and ER’ shared that he is shooting more videos so we will be seeing more of him. For a CHH song to be a hit ER’ explained that is the combination of “both the content and a very creative beat.” He suggested that we be on the lookout for the following African CHH artists; Suffix (from Malawi), Recapp ( Kenya), Prophesy ( Zimbabwe ) and Pompi/Mag44 ( Zambia)
ER’ stated that some of the challenges he faces with being an artist are finding mentors to look-up to and safe/real friends; “It’s harder to find friends that help you grow as a Christian and also when you are
down it’s really hard to open to people when a lot have this perception that you are perfect.” The Zambian CHH artist’s debut album is available on all online music stores, Akashimi meaning Story in Bemba (a Zambian language), is a collection of songs telling the story of ER’s journey from death to life. The husband, divergent thinker, solution expert, extraordinary leader, a divine vessel of compassion pioneering positive change goes out of his way to bring hope to his audience and community. He shared these words to encourage CHH artists, “keep pushing, always put God first and never give up, life is always about different chances and you have to take them when they come.”
You can connect with ER’ by following him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Also, subscribe to his YouTube Channel to watch his latest videos. Let us be inspired to work together and bring forth excellence.
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