Club Excellence meets Fab G !
Born on the 13th of June 1998, Prince Qhubani Mpofu known by his stage name Fab G Mshanakagogo. Hailing from the high density suburb of Old Magwegwe in Bulawayo is one of the high rising music sensations from the City of Kings with a unique contemporary compelling sound (UMthobanhliziyo “tribal”).
Fab G started his musical journey at a very tender age while attending Magwegwe primary school and then he started recording music professionally in 2014. He has released quite a number of singles in the past with a number of them enjoying airwaves in the local radio stations,namely Amafufu and Komborera Dzimba dzemabwe. Quizzed on why he chose the name FAB G Umtshanakagogo,he explained that his name means “Fly Art by Gemini”, Gemini paying homage to his Zodiac star sign and Umshana kaGogo is a tribute to his grandmother who means the whole world to him. His music is heavily influenced by his observations of what transpires in the society, he is a social commentator in his own right.
“I grew up listening to the likes of Zola, Shwi No Mthekhala,Maksandi musicians among other artists with a penchant for storytelling and social awareness” like Sjava, he said. Fab G is currently working towards his first studio album called Isibane. He’s also an actor who plays “Ndex “character on a ZTV drama called MANDLA.
Q.What is the most useless talent you have?
A. I once pushed a soccer career but it wasn’t successful.
Q. If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
A. If I could go open a show, I would open for Sjava/ Winky D.
Q.What is one message you would give to your fans?
A. to my fans I’d like to say I’m grateful and thankful for their undivided devotion and support for my music,they help me pick myself up whenever i fall ngoba umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu, so my fans give me a solid reason and motivation to keep on pushing no matter the circumstance,they’ve helped to accept strength and vulnerability by believing in me so I promise to let their ears starve so i intend to entertain them always.
Q. Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
A.yes I do sing in a shower and often sing gospel music, sometimes I rap or sing along to westlife.
Q.What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
A. if i wasn’t for my music career i would be somewhere in SA working but because of my career i had to quit my job at a greek restaurant in SA and came home (ZIM) to fulfil my destiny.
Q. Where have you performed?
A. i have performed at Bigger than hip hop (BTHH), Ghetto 2 Ghetto (G2G), shake it n storm talent show,national aids social correctness events, Summer carnival ,YPG even and in several clubs & self organized gigs.
Q. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
A. I’d like to collaborate with CiCi of ambitious entertainment ,Vusi Nova, Winky D n Sani Makhalima.
Q.Do you have any upcoming shows?
A. I don’t have any upcoming shows due to lockdown,
Q. How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
A. the internet is playing a pivotal role in the music industry, it’s a reliable market since the widespread of piracy and it easily gives access to international,exposure.
Q. What is your favourite song to perform?
A. My favourite song to perform is UThando because it is energetic and the audience can easily relate to the song.
Q. Which local artist you think should quit doing music?
A. no local artist i think should quit music but i think they gotta try finding their strength n try to be original rather than faking style then you’ll find someone humiliating themselves on stage by failing to perform their own songs,some forget their own lyrics so i think local artist always complain about not being given attention yet some of us are not even serious with our careers. We should put more efforts to be appreciated.
Q. Which famous musicians do you admire?
A.Sjava, Winky D, Takura, J Cole, Cici, Davido.
Q. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
A. The best advice I’ve been given is that i should always avoid having excuses and push through the pain,rather than dwelling on what I lost, i should focus on who I can become.
Q. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
A. If I could change anything about the industry i could change the tribalism issue which leads to corruption ascending i think good music is good music, despite the genre or language bro. Every artist has to be treated fairly, radio stations also should not put artist as radio djs coz it’s a lot being unfair for an artist to get interviewed by another artist who might think the other artist is a threat who might outshine him or her. what would be the interview like? obvious it will be a disaster just to make me feel like I don’t qualify in the game. Also the issue of bribery, artists paying for spotlight thwarting others from blowing up, also I’d like to work with any artist that wants to work with me under good terms n conditions, most preferably if the project deliver a good message to the society or social awareness.