February 19, 2013
#Interview #DRC | Nathalie Makoma

In the early 2000s, most of Africa knew and loved Nathalie Makoma as the lead of the Congolese gospel group Makoma. About a decade later, many things have changed. Nathalie is not a member of Makoma anymore, she went from gospel singer to pop artist and is now the mother of baby boy Giovani.
As the artist is working on her next studio album, it is time for a little recap. Makoma talks about being famous, being criticized and finding unconditional love.

Afroziky: How do you describe yourself as an artist?

Nathalie Makoma: I’m a pop/RnB/urban singer. I am very energetic and a beast on stage. I am willing to follow different directions in music.

Many of us, your fans, remember you as the lead singer of the popular Congolese gospel group Makoma. Today, you are a grown woman doing your own thing. How has been the transition through the years?

Splitting from Makoma meant splitting from the family and they are not talking to me since then. It has been 6 years now that we don’t speak. It was not easy for me to transition from gospel to pop music but I did it!

Obviously, you have experienced the criticisms from people about your music or your look. How do you handle it?

When you sign up to make music, you need to accept the fact that people will love you and hate you. I understood that and now, it is hard for critics to hurt my feelings.

You are one of the best voices coming from Africa. Did you always know that you wanted to be a singer?

Thank you very much! I always knew that I will be a singer and I always wanted to be like Madonna and Michael Jackson and Tina Turner.

What are you working on right now?

I am in the writing process for my album. I am also looking for a new label to get signed to because I am an unsigned artist at the moment.

Is there an artist you would want to work with?

If I really had to pick one it would be Fally Ipupa.

Have you been in DRC lately?

My last stay in DRC was in summer 2012. I toured there with Papa Wemba.

How was the show?

It was great and a little weird because people wanted me to sing RnB instead of Rumba. It surprised me because Ndombolo and Rumba are the main genres in DRC right now, but it was fabulous. I love my fans!

About that, there is one little fan you must be very excited about! I am talking about your baby! Are you enjoying motherhood?

Of course! Motherhood is just wonderful. I always wanted to feel love and I finally have that unconditional love. It’s perfect.

Are you into Naija Music?

I love Nigerian music. I listen to P Square and Flavor Nabania..Ashawo!

What would you say are the best and worst things about being a celebrity?

The worst is that I always have to look fabulous! I can’t go out without make up or anything like that. I cannot really show my fans the troubling times. But, the best thing about being famous is the fact that I can travel and go to many places, meet wonderful people, perform and have my loyal fans!

Before we get to enjoy new music, Nathalie Makoma will treat her U.S. fans with shows in many states including DC, New York and Texas this April . Find out more more soon!
More on Nathalie Makoma HERE

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