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ZambianMusic.Net caught up with James Banda also known as Jemah Boogie a son Godfrey and Lucy Banda in Mandevu compound (by then a Ghetto) of Lusaka Zambia. Jemah Boogie was orphaned at an early age along with his 3 siblings (Now 2). After his Mother’s death he went to live with his grandmother in the eastern province of Zambia, where he started schooling and herding cattle for his grandmother. He later moved back to Lusaka to live with his father who later on passed away in June 1994 hence was brought up by his Uncle who is his mother’s elder brother. He developed interest in music when he was in his seventh grade but only started writing songs in his eighth grade at Chibombo High School where the likes of B1 and T boy also graduated from. He grew up listening and miming to songs by Paul Ngozi, Pk Chishala, Lucky Dube, Brenda Fassie, Jambo, Bilia Bell, Boyz II Men, Baby Face, Brandy, Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack, Ray Charles and James Brown, Marvin Gaye.

His close friends reminded ZambianMusic.net that Jemah Boogie started pursuing his music career in the year 2008 in the Copper Belt Province of Zambia under a record label called Blazer where he recorded his first 2 singles, Ni mu zanga chabe & Baby tika. After Blazer he moved to Danger Zone where recorded his next single, Niku nvela mushe featuring Chingola’s diva by the name of B Nell but later moved away from the studio. He then went to record his next single “Fiancée” under VS studios in Kitwe which went onto play on radio and got him to feature on the Yzone Tv show twice. He toured and performed with Dandy Krazy when Dandy was promoting his debut song “I love you Mommy” and later on moved to Livingstone for a Job. Whilst in Livingstone he recorded with Raising Sounds which by then was only studio in town. He released another single called” Leave me” featuring Slap D, and another one called Okondewa translated “Loved one” (Video on you tube) and later collaborated with Zambia’s renowned dance hall artist by the name of Tyce on a song called “More than a boyfriend” under K-Amy Studios where he is currently working on an international album.

 

Before venturing into music Jemah Boogie played active soccer while in college under the supervision by then Coach Happy Sichikolo at Lusaka Youth Academy but gave it up to pursue his education. He was also part of the College soccer team which won the ZISA games and brought back a trophy, also appeared on Smooth talk t.v show. Jemah Boogie graduated from Evelyn Hone College with an Advanced Diploma in Computer Science and Information Processing. He is not interested in Politics and believes politics is a breeding ground for hate and all sorts of evil and doesn’t want to be associated with such because his main objective is to encourage love, justice and unity around the world through music.

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