5 Things About Trey Songz

International Grammy award-winning R&B/hip hop singer Trey Songz features on Coke Studio Africa season 4 as the guest star, and collaborates with selected Coke Studio artistes in original songs produced by South African DJ Maphorisa. While in Nairobi during the show’s recording, fans of Trey Songz got a chance to connect with him on a personal level when he took over Coca-Cola’s Facebook Page to answer all their questions via a live video broadcast. In the in-depth interactive and fun session, Trey talked about sampling West African Jollof Rice in Kenya, his keenness on prayer and maintaining self-esteem, and touched on culture, music and travel as well. Here’s more on what you probably didn’t know about Trey:

On His Coke Studio Africa Experience


Trey revealed that he has never worked on a more intimate music project with as many artistes as he did during the recording of Coke Studio Africa 4. He said: “I have gained a lot in collaborating with such amazing artistes.”


Talking about the experience of networking and recording, Trey added: “Being able to make music with African artistes is exciting and Coke Studio Africa is refreshing. No pun intended because of Coke but it’s refreshing to see what the show is doing for the artistes, while helping Africa grow by sharing music country to country.”


Matatu Experience


Trey’s debut on Coke Studio Africa also gave him his first chance to visit Nairobi, and what better way to become a Nairobian than riding in moving graffiti? A picture of Trey riding in a funky matatu (public transport vehicle) while heading to his Coke Studio recording went viral on Kenyan social media. Trey equated his first Matatu experience to being in a loud studio.


“We don’t have matatus in America like in Kenya although it’s a culture connected to our hip hop culture. I appreciate it.”


On Coke Studio Africa Original Songs


On the show, Trey collaborated with Nyashinski (Kenya), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Lij Michael (Ethiopia), Stonebwoy (Ghana), Neyma (Mozambique), Serge Beynaud (Ivory Coast), Rema Namakula (Uganda) and South African rapper Emtee. Most fans from Tanzania wanted to know his experience working with Vee Money (Mdee).


He said: “She is great! We have a great song together and great chemistry. I am about establishing relationships with artistes from other parts of Africa too.”


On Focus & Trajectory


Trey opened up about what he treasures most. “Family will always come first in my life, I hope to find a wife and have children,” though he added that he also considers his fans as his family. Over the years, Trey has built a solid fan base while expanding his global brand through quality studio albums, and several international hits.


“There will never be a time when there aren’t obstacles in life. Even money can’t solve all your problems. In my career I [encountered] obstacles when it was taking longer than I thought it would to get where I wanted to be, but patience is an extremely good quality. If you continue to work hard – what’s yours will come to you,” he said.


Advice to upcoming artistes


While at Coke Studio Africa, Trey got a chance to meet and jam with upcoming artistes from Kenya’s Sauti Academy. His advise to them, and those who watched the Artist Take Over was to first give education as much attention as music. He cited the producer who discovered him, his manager and mother as his life mentors, while advising all to identify their own ideal mentors.


He concluded: “I don’t stop until my goals are accomplished. In order to be a successful artiste or be successful in anything you have to work hard and be dedicated to what you want to do.”


Trey revealed that After Coke Studio Africa he will be working on his upcoming new album, and probably head to Mozambique or Ethiopia to sample their rich music and culture.Award.