GUBA Award Nominee Brie Boateng
Mefiri Ghana meets with Brie Boateng, an up and coming artist nominated for the 2012 GUBA Awards in the Emerging Music categories. She shares with us her pet peeves, favourite food and being nominated for a GUBA award…
Mefiri Ghana: Who is Brie Boateng? Introduce yourself to the world. Brie Boateng: I’m a young entrepreneur – lover of music – passionate about people – born again Christian.
MFG: Congratulations on your GUBA awards nomination. Was it something you expected? BB: Thank you. I didn’t expect it at all – there are so many British based Ghanaian artists that are doing incredibly well in the music scene – I didn’t expect to be up against some of them. But I’m really chuffed so PLEASE KEEP voting for me – I’m in the emerging music category – http://www.gubaawards.co.uk/gubavoting/
MFG: What are your thoughts on the GUBA awards and what it stands for?BB: It’s a great idea. Many Ghanaians in the UK are contributing highly in so many industries from health to education to media etc. Receiving an award to accredit your achievements -famous or not- is a good thing. The GUBA’s stands up for the achievements of Ghanaians living in the UK and honours us in front of the nation.
MFG: Describe your music style in 3 words. BB: Meaningful, catchy, quirky
MFG: Who has been the biggest inspiration in your life so far? BB: Sounds cliché but it is my mum – and my late father. I’m realising more and more that my mum’s business acumen and work ethic is rubbing off on me. She’s a business owner working in the field she’s always wanted to. She isn’t afraid to take risks and travel far and wide to support her business. My dad introduced me to the music scene – some of his favourite artists are also some of mine.
MFG: Tell us about any pet peeves you have. BB:Lol erm. Just unnecessary rudeness and negativity.
MFG: Apart from music is there anything else that you pursue? BB: My organisation Pass Peace On – it’s creates funding opportunities for individuals who are passionate about social responsibility. I also volunteer at my local homeless charity and donate regular time to housing projects in my local community.
MFG: How would you describe your musical journey so far? BB: It’s been great! I’m getting out what I’ve put in. And in hindsight, I’m really thankful for some of the opportunities I didn’t receive – it helped me refocus on what’s important. In my music career, I’ve helped to uplift people and spread encouragement. I launched a campaign to speak out against domestic abuse using one of my singles, I’ve released inspiring house and dubstep music and have written for several artists – including many UK based Ghanaian artists. I’m never short of music work. I think the only problem is making time for it all.
MFG: Where can we find out about you and any future projects you got going? BB: I usually keep people posted on my twitter feed @brieboateng but will soon have my own site brieboateng.com fully complete.
MFG: Do you have any particular mottos that you follow? BB: Not really. Although I once came across a slogan ‘Give joy Get joy’ and that stuck with me for a while.
MFG: And finally tell us, what’s your favourite Ghanaian food?BB: FUFU! With any soup. Makes me feel gooood!
*To vote for Brie Boateng visit: http://www.gubaawards.co.uk/gubavoting/ Twitter: @brieboateng
By Yaa Nyarko