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Nonso Amadi: The One Good Thing in Pandora’s Box

That night was just like any other night, except for I found something special—or rather someone. And thankfully, it happened when it did, for I was all out of complimentary skips. I believe the station was Tory Lanez, and I had probably heard each song one hundred times, plus once more. But this song was unlike the rest. I’d never heard it before, but I immediately sunk into it.

First came the beat, which built up like kernels exposed to high heat, before unleashing a sweet cluster of lyrics known as “Tonight.” As the song played out, an incessant need to know more grew. So, at the first sign of light, I made it my business to seek out the 23-year-old—and I did!

His name is Nonso Amadi, and I found him thanks to Pandora.

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“Being an artist means I’m able to be a therapist for others that can’t express themselves in the same way. There’s a whole lot more to it, but this is the most primary meaning for me, because it means I can directly affect people’s lives just using words and melodies,” he says. “I tend to write most of my songs from a submissive stand-point, I think it holds a higher emotional value that way.”

In just two months of it’s release, “No Crime,” Amadi’s latest track, is climbing to nearly 200,000 streams. It’s an impressive feat for someone who, after recently receiving their masters degree in Engineering Design, decided to pursue a career in music.

The Afro-fusion artist recalls times when he wasn’t sure if what he was doing was enough. “I’d say it’s been a progressive and incremental growth with its ups and downs, certainly deserving a documentary of some sort,” he says. “There’s been a lot of times that I doubted myself, as is usual with many creatives.” Though, despite his occasional bouts of doubt, Amadi finds himself on the cusp of firing an artillery loaded with new music. He’s keeping everything top secret, but he made it clear that he’s got way too much music for just one project. He admitted that he may have to make a few collaborative tapes, just to compensate for the heavy volume of new projects sitting in his lap.

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Compared to some of his earlier music like “Kwasia,” “Aika,” and “Long Live the Queen,” the Toronto based musician, has been playing more with his artistry. During the interview, he says, “I think you get to hear me experiment some new and exciting genres. I try expanding my catalogue by reaching out to other audiences.” As an emerging artist, originally from Nigeria, Amadi seems to have a good idea of where he’d like to see himself within the next five-to-10 years—and how to get there. With a strong sense of maturity, sometimes lost in new artists his age, he gives credit to the company he keeps. He emphasizes how “without some sort of mentor or good knowledge of the industry,” it’s nearly impossible for a new artist to “navigate” their surroundings. The times that he doesn’t have a mentor, he educates himself by watching interviews and documentaries. One of his favorites is a clip of Patrick Stewart advising Michael Dappah on how to remain fearless.

Amadi sees fear as a crutch, which helped lead to the next question.

“Is your fear of flying something that you’ve outgrown in order to advance in your career as an artist?”

He laughed while answering. “I still don’t like flying, but I’ve had to do it a lot more these days. He clarified that it isn’t so much fear, but rather an ongoing feeling of inconvenience. Fortunately, he’s learning to tolerate it, because his fans want to see him. “I need to go to South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Sweden, Paris to name a few,” he admits. “These are my top streaming countries, that I’ve never set foot in.” Lately, though, he’s been spotted on the road a lot, performing and engaging with his fans.

It’s with ample amount of prayer, rest, and the daily grind, that there’ll be nothing to stop him from reaching those places…or outperforming his 10-year plan.

“God says there’s going to be a level up, so let’s look out for that,” he says.

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