Afrobeats, Dancehall And Pop: Ceeza Milli Is Ready To Take On The World
As with any rising star, you're not popping unless compared to greatness and Mr Milli is no different..
26 year old Ceeza Milli (Ifeanyi Charles Bosah) is a Nigerian artist who developed an interest in music through his school and church choirs. Ceeza’s fascination of the craft grew deeper as he began to take an interest in musical arrangement. By the time he was 17, all the childhood years of musical exposure drove Ceeza to try his hand at singing and producing on a commercial level.
While most artists would credit music legends as being their inspiration, Ceeza allows his mother to take the coveted title; expressing that her raising him and his siblings on her own and her continuous support of him making music despite the obstacles they faced is the motivating force he uses to make a name for himself in the African music industry.
As with any rising star, you're not popping unless compared to greatness and Mr Milli is no different.
Let's talk about Wizkid - a lot of people think you have similar voices...
Well I get that a lot but then I wouldn't know what people hear when they hear my voice but it's all good. He's one of the biggest in the game now. Our voices might have some similarities but we have different sounds. That's all I can say, I don't think we sound alike though! And even if people say we do, I'm definitely not bothered...
What's it like working with Legendury Beatz?
Amazing! Not just because they're one of the biggest producers in Africa, but because I learn from them. I prefer working with producers that encourage you as an artist to create your own sound. They don't sound like every other producer out there. They don't sample stuff. Originality - that's what I like about them. They make me a better artist so it's deeper than just going into the studio to produce just anything. We make good music whenever we're together.
You're heavily affiliated with Starboy in general. Is this going to lead to something?
Starboy is family. We're working…
Any other labels taken interest in you?
I've spoken to a lot of Nigerian labels. But honestly I'm not a big fan of Nigerian labels, It's complicated. I've had my fair share of all that drama.
What do you want people to know about you?
I want them to know that I'm the future of Nigerian music. Big up everyone that's there already. I'm bringing something different.
What about artists - who do you want to work with?
Diaspora? Definitely. Rihanna and maybe after that we can make babies (laughs). Maybe Kanye... Locally, in Africa, I don't know. My focus is showing the world what I have to offer. My sound, the new wave…
Describe this new wave...
That's simple. Afro-Dancehall with a little pop to it.
Dancehall artists you like?
Christopher Martin, Vybz Kareem and Burna Boy is my fave in Africa.
Ceeza ended the summer with two powerhouse collaborations with his musical family, Legendury Beatz. 'Alkyda' and 'L.A.F.S' (Love At First Sight).He's currently preparing to release his first official single. Known for his hot collaborations, most notable with Lengendury Beatz and L.A.X, his latest offering with up coming artist JMoore is called 'Caribbean Girl'
"All of us in this music industry of course want to be known and be wealthy, but above everything, I just want my sound to be heard worldwide. I want to be able to visit countries outside of Africa and hear people loving my music."
Unbeknownst to him, that has already happened as his European fan base is notably emerging.
Online Edit: Ra'ed Khan