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Meet Liberia’s musician, OdamZ Sirleaf rhythmically voicing out melodoius socially conscious awareness messages…..
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
First of all, the soul passion that is my purpose, my career……. While growing up as a refugee kid in exile I was listening to professional and legendary musicians around the world at large ……like Alpha Blondy, Jah Fakoly, Usher, Raymond, Johny legend, R.kelly and many others…
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
My father…. may his soul rest in peace…. was a great religious and traditional singer. I used to love listening to my father sitting beside him while he sings most especially at religious gatherings. From there, I kept listening and watching different types of music, audio and video.
I started singing and memorizing the lyrics of most of the songs I used to listen to. At the age of 10, I started singing, writing my own songs, performing in high school and community talent shows. All these passion driven pathways of healing music happened during the civil crisis in my motherland Liberia.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
What appeals to me the most is when I see the joy in my audience,responding positively to all my work. Most especially when they get the messages in my music…..
What drove you to make money from your passions?
What drove to make money from my passion was to help to make a positive impact on other lives around me, most especially less fortunate people on the street. It will help me to help others that are in of my help.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
This happens, when I was awarded by IRC, a refugee camp in Guinea as one of the best performances among others as a talented kid.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
A self-motivational spirit of passion. Because I feel I am a good role model that other youthful ones are looking up to. Therefore, I want to leave that positive legacy for others to follow when I am gone.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
As I said previously is passion, mockery from others that are praying for my downfall that never thought I could reach this far.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
Don’t overlook, laugh or mock at anybody …..cuz you don’t know what tomorrow might bring.
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
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