‘Kajoma’ is the hot new single from 25 year old British-Nigerian artist Jeff Jones. We spoke to the new artist to learn abut his inspirations behind the track and find out about any future plans.
- How did you get into Afrobeats?
I have always been a huge fan of African music, I grew up in a church choir and I have always been doing music. In 2011 I did a freestyle to Ice Prince – Oleku which received good feedback so I continued, and here I am today!
- Are there any artists that you look up to or draw inspiration from?
The industry is not easy I respect the effort and work from a lot of artists but I tend to get inspiration from either oldskool church songs or the older artist from the last generation.
- There are a lot of British artists that have crossed over to Afrobeats (i.e. Lola Rae, Seyi Shay, Moelogo. Is being a UK-based Afrobeat artist an advantage or disadvantage in terms of getting your music heard both in the UK and in Africa?
I believe it is an advantage reason being is afrobeats in the UK is a movement that allows newcomers to get recognized. If we tried to do this in Africa most of us won’t have a name in my opinion.
- Fellow Brit MaleekBerry, had a lot of great things to say about you. How does it feel like to have Maleek Berry acknowledge your work?
It was crazy I mean the dude has mad skills to think the guy that has the whole club in the UK blasting his beats, took notice of I’m thrilled.
- Your new single Kajoma is about to be released in June. What does ‘Kajoma’ mean and can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration for the track?
Kajoma (faajiomowakajomafaajiomo) means come and have fun with me, and this song was all about the vibes we had in the studio that day we recorded it. Shout to P2J on the beat, that dude is a monster great talent.
- What next for you? (Any future collaborations, albums, tours)
Well there are more songs, couple features not sure about an album just yet, tours maybe but I don’t want to give away too much. Follow me on twitter for updates @donjeffjones.