She has been nominated for Best Female Artist at the 2013 Africa Entertainment Awards in Canada, won the Best Music Video and Best Female Artist at the 2013 Cameroon Academy Awards, and took home the award for Best Female Artist of the Year at the 2013 HNSS Excellence Award in Montreal, Canada.
We sat down with Cameroonian singer-songwriter Missy BK for an exclusive MAPP Africa feature.
When did you know you had a talent for music?
My grandmother made me understand that I had a good voice at the age of 5. She used to take me to church choir to sing along with them. At that time, I was the youngest in the choir and they would say I have a beautiful voice. From there, I joined the children’s choir and girl groups and now I’m here still singing....
Do you write your own songs? If yes, what inspires you when you write?
The beauty about music starts with the writing process and being able to transform emotions, feelings and thoughts into words and a melody. What inspires me to write is my life story and surroundings, as well as my friends’ stories. Sometimes when you just imagine things and write, they usually don't make a lot of sense as writing something that you have actually experienced or something that a friend has gone through.
Which African musical artists have inspired you or influenced your music?
In Africa, I can say Zahara from South Africa, her voice and words are so inspiring. Richard Bona and Flavour from Nigeria, as well as Charlotte Dipanda from Cameroon, influenced my music. I really do admire them, working hard to get to where they are now.
What else are you passionate about besides music?
I’m passionate about helping people, giving back, and volunteering. Helping others has always been something that I am passionate about and I have created a foundation to help orphans and the less privileged. This past Christmas, the Missy BK Foundation donated gifts to 38 orphans. With God everything is possible.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Ten years from now, I will diversify my portfolio in artistic management. I will master my profession by enhancing my professionalism and singing techniques. I’ll own my own production house and the students in my foundation will be graduates in university, by Gods grace.
What advice can you provide other young people trying to pursue their dreams?
To believe in their dreams, work hard, be patient, persistent and they will be exactly what they want to be.
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