We recently attended the EP launch for Marichan’s newest project, Cherry Blossom. We spoke to her about the inspiration behind the new EP as well as what inspired it. She also let us into the possibility of a Jamali reunion.
“I put together a little EP launch on my birthday ‘cause it’s my gift to myself. The night really represents you know, me finding my voice, finding my sound and wanting to share, you know, my journey with people.”
Cherry Blossom is an interesting name for the EP and it has a special meaning to Mariechan. She recalls coming home from school, despondent and feeling insecure about how she looks. Her grandmother noticed this and told her a story of a tree which has cherry blossoms. Her grandmother likened her to the tree and encouraged her by saying that she will one day bloom into a beautiful flower when the time is right.
“I hope everyone can find their blossom and can be the best version of themselves,” she expresses.
The EP comes after 5 years of being a solo artist and Mariechan wanted to give her fans a comprehensive body of work. “I didn’t release for the sake of releasing music,” she says.
Cherry Blossom consists of 5 tracks which take us on journey to Mariechan’s insights and perspectives. “The 5 songs really, just talk about my experiences, my different mood swings, things that I go through on a daily basis”, she says.
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WATCH Cassper Nyovest on Universal Music Deal: “This is not me selling my soul”
WATCH Cassper Nyovest Breaks Down Family Tree’s partnership With Universal Music
Cassper Nyovest did the unthinkable last week when he announced that his record label, Family Tree, has signed a partnership deal with one of the biggest record labels in the country, Universal Music. We have already run the story and the response to this huge and unconventional decision.
We sat down with Cassper Nyovest and asked him to break down the deal. He hesitated to say much about but he assured us that more will be revealed in time. “Well it’s the first announcement to a lot of announcements. We’ve got a lot of partnerships that we’re working on, me and Universal. And yeah, I’m excited about that”, he says.
He continued to explain that it is not Cassper the artist signing to Universal Music Group but instead it is his entire label, Family Tree who are going to be working with Universal. So in essence, he still is the boss and still owns 100% of his music and publishing.
“Universal doesn’t have any control over how Family Tree is run. Obviously they will make suggestions as they are our partner but the final decision on creativity and how stuff is still up to me. I still own 100% of my music. So this is not me selling my company or selling my soul or anything. The contract is good.”
He also stressed that him deciding to take this deal was because he felt like he has done what he could with his label and now he wanted to reach new shores and achieve new milestones; on a global level.
“Even if I sell triple platinum as an indie label, it’s not growth. I want to be able to have a platinum record in Kenya, have a platinum record in Nigeria. For me to do that I need people who are actually living there, who have offices there to come and push the music.”
It’s safe to say that Cassper Nyovest is looking at global domination with this deal!
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