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CRAZY SNAP THE NEW MUSIC GEM

Crazy Snap performs at De Space Lounge June 22, 2019 (Photo: Peter James Loruba)

 

By Peter James Loruba

Writing a noisy and crazy music does not make you crazy but bullying your dad into giving into to your demand is. When a kid coaxes a grown up man to say yes, then you know the kid is a piece of work. That is exactly Crazy Snap-the youngest artiste in South Sudan.

His name would suggest he is unruly yet he is a boy with a calm demeanour. He pressed his dad into a corner that he had no option but to say yes for his son to start singing.

“When I was 7, my dad told me I was small for music, I needed education so he told me to wait until 14 but every day I kept giving him pressure telling him I want to be a singer, I want to be like this and that, I confused him until he said when you are 11, you will sing so when I made 11, I reminded him and he told me to come to Juba and he connected me with (producer) Shako,” the boy narrates with a smile.

From Khartoum (Sudan), he came down to Juba to work with one of the best producers in the game. At 11, he has written 29 songs and has so far recorded 8 since Ramadan.

The 29 songs at 11 are feats only a few noisy artistes in this country can match.  A dig into his inspiration only exposes the boy’s inborn talent.

“I realized that I have a nice voice. I watch singers on TV who have very many fans and they go to concerts so I chose to be a singer-a superstar, get fans and things like that,” he says.

Crazy Snap does not only have the voice but also the rhyme, rhythm and themes in his songs that surprise his dad.

“The boy talks about love in his songs but I doubt he understands what he is talking about,” says Adil Faris, his dad.

                  Crazy Snap with Tanzania’s Harmonize in Juba

Could he have inherited the music gene from his father? With the supportive dad right next to him, the man says ‘no!’ His son says ‘yes’ and they altogether burst out into a loud laughter because Adil only sings when taking bath but the kid thinks otherwise.

“Sometimes when we go home, I hear him singing and I tell him that he has a nice voice. I wish we could sing together in the future,” he says which made the already shy dad to leave the room for us to continue the interview.

Music is demanding and so is education-a reason his dad wanted him to finish school before taking the music path but to the dot com kid, balancing the two is never a problem as he can write his songs after completing his school assignments. When someone tells him these two will give him hard times, he looks at them and laughs the way a slay queen does when she sees an approaching potential rich donor. He thinks he can handle both.

Stardom and nightlife are inseparable. Pastors go to church, artistes go to clubs and bars. It’s the path the youngster has to thread on too. Its code named ‘going out’. He does albeit to the place that matter to people of his age.

“Maybe I go to restaurants to eat,” Snap says. He is not a saint in the night life though, he occasionally goes to perform at parties and a few shows and one such was the grand opening of De Space Lounge and Restaurant last month. When the MC said ‘put your hands together for the youngest artiste,’ some thought Chameleone had secretly come with Uganda’s Fresh Kid to Juba. But no! We got our own Fresh Kid.

He took the mic, owned the stage and unleased two of his songs Crazy Crazy and Green Gentleman. Honestly he did better than some of his seniors who performed before and after him. In that nightlife he made a few friends-Single D, Trisha C, producer Shako. He seems to bond well with single D as they have already worked on two yet to be released songs, Low Low and Warrior.

They mostly meet at Junubna TV which has become his home away from home. From home, he goes to the TV station that also has a recording studio. Sometimes he goes to Shako’s studio or the Basketball Court. The other place he loves is the restaurants. He loves eating from restaurants as much as he loves Sarah.

Sarah is the girl who stole his food appetite and study time at school. In his eyes, she could be to him what Beyonce is to Jay Z. He wrote a song about her just the way Davido wrote Assurance for Chioma. Actually he went a step ahead of Davido and wrote two songs.

“At school a love story happened between me and a girl and I wrote a song about it called H to O. At the end of the year she knew that I loved her nevertheless she doesn’t want me as a lover but a friend so I told her ok. It’s normal if you don’t want me. But I love her right now and I wrote about it, she knows I wrote a song about her,” he emphasizes.

Sarah who plays the hard to get with this youngster knows that he is now famous. She has his songs in her playlist but the boy is now focused on only books and music.

He has a message for his colleagues in the hustle though. “Watch out there is a new artiste in the game!”

“You have dreams, all the kids on the streets who don’t have education should know that they have talents and their dreams are waiting for them like my dreams were waiting for me and now I’m in to them, education is better,” he encourages his age mates.

Crazy Snab is currently working on his 12 track album named Crazy Crazy that already has 8 songs with four left to make it complete.

Who is Crazy Snap?

Could he have inherited the music gene from his father? With the supportive dad right next to him, the man says ‘no!’ His son says ‘yes’ and they altogether

burst out into a loud laughter because Adil only sings when taking bath but the kid thinks otherwise.

“Sometimes when we go home, I hear him singing and I tell him that he has a nice voice. I wish we could sing together in the future,” he says which made the already shy dad to leave the room for us to continue the interview.

Music is demanding and so is education-a reason his dad wanted him to finish school before taking the music path but to the dot com kid, balancing the two is never a problem as he can write his songs after completing his school assignments. When someone tells him these two will give him hard times, he looks at them and laughs the way a slay queen does when she sees an approaching potential rich donor. He thinks he can handle both.

Stardom and nightlife are inseparable. Pastors go to church, artistes go to clubs and bars. It’s the path the youngster has to thread on too. Its code named ‘going out’. He does albeit to the place that matter to people of his age.

“Maybe I go to restaurants to eat,” Snap says. He is not a saint in the night life though, he occasionally goes to perform at parties and a few shows and one such was the grand opening of De Space Lounge and Restaurant last month. When the MC said ‘put your hands together for the youngest artiste,’ some thought Chameleone had secretly come with Uganda’s Fresh Kid to Juba. But no! We got our own Fresh Kid.

He took the mic, owned the stage and unleased two of his songs Crazy Crazy and Green Gentleman. Honestly he did better than some of his seniors who performed before and after him. In that nightlife he made a few friends-Single D, Trisha C, producer Shako. He seems to bond well with single D as they have already worked on two yet to be released songs, Low Low and Warrior.

They mostly meet at Junubna TV which has become his home away from home. From home, he goes to the TV station that also has a recording studio. Sometimes he goes to Shako’s studio or the Basketball Court. The other place he loves is the restaurants. He loves eating from restaurants as much as he loves Sarah.

Sarah is the girl who stole his food appetite and study time at school. In his eyes, she could be to him what Beyonce is to Jay Z. He wrote a song about her just the way Davido wrote Assurance for Chioma. Actually he went a step ahead of Davido and wrote two songs.

about it called H to O. At the end of the year she knew that I loved her nevertheless she doesn’t want me as a lover but a friend so I told her ok. It’s normal if you don’t want me. But I love her right now and I wrote about it, she knows I wrote a song about her,” he emphasizes.

Sarah who plays the hard to get with this youngster knows that he is now famous. She has his songs in her playlist but the boy is now focused on only books and music.

He has a message for his colleagues in the hustle though. “Watch out there is a new artiste in the game!”

“You have dreams, all the kids on the streets who don’t have education should know that they have talents and their dreams are waiting for them like my dreams were waiting for me and now I’m in to them, education is better,” he encourages his age mates.

Crazy Snab is currently working on his 12 track album named Crazy Crazy that already has 8 songs with four left to make it complete.

Who is Crazy Snap?

The 11 year-old singer Crazy Snap real name Ahmed Almutasim Adil Faris is

born to Amira Ahmed Salih and Adil Faris Mayath, the proprietor of Junubna TV. He is the fifth in a family of seven with five girls and two boys.

The Eighth Grade student at Elite International School-Khartoum has to withstand the pressure from his dad who wants him to study petroleum engineering while his mum wants him to be a civil engineer. But he thinks he has talent in singing, dancing, drawing and acting which he would all want to give a shot at although it’s singing that has so far taken most of his time.

He likes cartoons, loves chocolates and pizza. His favourite colour is yellow and favourite artiste Chris Brown and BTS, the South Korean band.

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