Tanzanian artist RJ the DJ has announced that he will release his debut 15-track studio album, Changes, on August 16.
The album features musicians from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria. Photo: RJ the DJ
RJ the DJ announced at a press conference on August 12th in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Among the local artists featured on the changes album include Diamond Platnumz, Vanessa Mdee, RayVanny, Zuchu, Mbosso, Khadija Kopa, G Nako, and Harmonize, as well as Khaligraph Jones (Kenya) Jose Chameleone (Uganda), Morgan Heritage (Jamaica) and Nigeria. Niniola and Ycee, among others.
The 34-year-old said that featured musicians “are promoting a range of styles and ideas coming from their countries. People doubt the idea that I have an album or a song, and yet my vocals are not special. At the same time, they are excited that I might be the first curator.” Country songs take part in such a project.
RJ said, “Collaboration between DJs, producers and singers is a common formula in the West and even in countries like South Africa.” Changes are a learning process for me and my management team so I want to thank the artists who put so much of themselves into it. I appreciate them very much. “
RJ the DJ said the collaboration opens a new world of sound, style, and opportunity. Encourage upcoming artists who want to grow their careers to see collaboration as a strategy.
“Relationships matter and surrounding yourself with the right people is a great way to start. My future projects will focus on encouraging more collaborations between talented local musicians and well-known artists from across the continent and vice versa. So, the changes are just a preliminary project testing the market’s reaction. In fact, I am My team doesn’t expect to make a lot of sales. “
RJ the DJ – who plays lead DJ for Diamond Platnumz – said he was eager to learn music production and sound engineering because “the production process was a stressful journey. The album’s progress [changes] depended on the pace of the producer. So now I challenge myself to learn how to produce it. My future music. “
Born Romeo Abd Jones, RJ the DJ is also a director and film actor, he has worked with artists like Gigi Money, Feza Kessy, Meja Kunta, Barakah the Prince, among others. The changes will be available on all major music streaming platforms.