Mon 15 Jun 2015, 15:00
We speak to Nigerian artist 2Face Idibia who has a new sound and a new name, Tubaba.
One of Africa’s most bankable afro-pop artists, Tubaba (formerly known as 2Face Idibia) was in Nairobi recently to take part in a unique music collaboration.
We spoke to the Nigerian singer/songwriter and record producer about his new album, his mission to promote peace in Africa and what brings him to Kenya, while on set of the filming of Coke Studio Africa.
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DStv: What brings you to Kenya?
2Face: Coke Studio Africa. I am excited to be on the project this year because I’ve been feeling brand new. My latest album, The Ascension, has made me graduate from my old pattern of doing music. I just wanted to enter the music that I am really comfortable with - reggae and my traditional kind of music. I am still going to do what you’re used to getting from me but The Ascension is an eclectic collection of sounds from Africa for Africans and also for those not from Africa to understand.
DStv: You are very passionate about promoting the message of peace, expand on that?
2Face: Vote Not Fight, Election No Be War started with a million voices for peace – which was basically a cry for peace. I had to go to all the grassroots and meet displaced people and donate relief. We also did rehabilitation of changing the minds’ of the youth who are prone to being used as tools for violence. During the election period, we stepped it up and went all the way out. My foundation’s motto is service to humanity – we try to make life good for all.
DStv: What’s brought you this far?
2Face: It’s the grace of God and talent too. I try not to let the hype get to me. I know that before I was an artist, I was me and I won't let anything change that.
DStv: What do you watch on DStv?
2Face: Crime Investigation Channel and Comedy Central, for real.