The Secret Behind our Brand is God’s Grace and Excellent. Words from Nigerian Urban Gospel Music Group, Newbrid. Here is what he has to say in this exclusive interview with www.ngospelmedia.com star reporter, Sammy Sas.
Sammy Sas: Please can we meet you?
Newbrid: We go by the name Newbrid. (Fresh, Shezy and Smart Brainz)
Sammy Sas: So tell us why the name “Newbrid”?
Newbrid: As the name implies; we are a new type bringing New sound, style and content.
Sammy Sas: When did Newbrid, started?
Newbrid: The team started in the year 2012.
Sammy Sas: Where did you guys meet?
Newbrid: We met at Kaduna, Nigeria.
Sammy Sas: So what type of music do you guys do?
Newbrid: We do mainstream music
Sammy Sas: Secular or Gospel?
Sammy Sas: Do you dance?
Newbrid: yes, partly with our songs on stage.
Sammy Sas: Why did you guys choose to do Gospel music, when the secular artist are getting all the major contract and making global headlines?
Newbrid: Well, its not just about content but about excellence; Corporate companies give endorsement for excellence and not for religious affiliation. Besides alot of gospel artiste are getting major contracts and global headlines.
Sammy Sas: Tell us about your achievements so far, since the inception of your professional career?
Newbrid: We have gotten six nominations for Award in the northern Nigeria on different categories and won two to our name which are Next rated and best group. Subsequently we performed at the miss Nigeria in Lagos and performed along side A list artiste like Iceprince, Solomon Lange, Ml, TerryG. alot but few to mention; some of our songs have top radio chat and gotten us several interviews.
Sammy Sas: What do you think is the major challenge in the Nigerian Gospel music industry?
Newbrid: The major challenge in the Nigerian Gospel music industry is lack of support from individual who are established or made as well as limited platforms
Sammy Sas: On a scale of 1-10 how well do you know culture and traditions?
Newbrid: Fresh(7) Shezy (8) Smart Brainz (8)
Sammy Sas: What local meal can you guys prepare very well individually?
Newbrid: Fresh: porridge yam; porridge potato; pounded plantain and sub standard pepper soup. Shezy: plantain porridge, egusi soup, edikang ikong, ogbono,ewedu, afang, groundnut soup, gbegiri (beans soup) white soup with pounded yam/wheat/ amala… moi moi, etc… I just love to cook… Smart brainz: palm oil rice; Eba. and Porridge yam.
Sammy Sas: Fresh,”Sub standard pepper soup” abi?(its well) ?……. Shezy, please let us know when you open the restaurant….. Mr Smart, you forgot to include Noodles abi?
……. So tell us, what ethnic group/state are you guys from?
Newbrid: Fresh; ondo Shezy; osun Smart Brainz; Abia.
Sammy Sas: If you were asked as a group to do a collaboration with three secular musicians, local or international, who would you pick?
Newbrid: William Kendrick, Lamar Falz
Sammy Sas: Apart from music, what else do you guys do?
Newbrid: We are students motivational speakers and actors.
Sammy Sas: Tell us the secret behind your brand and the uniqueness in your fashion style?
Newbrid: The secret behind our brand is God’s Grace and Excellent.
Sammy Sas: Including the Hair Style?
Newbrid: The secret behind our fashion is that we potray oneness or unity as well as representing God properly in this our generation… Our hairdos is our signature look for now.
Sammy Sas: Do you see the Nigerian Gospel music, going as far as the Grammy?
Newbrid: Sure, it is. From the look of things Grammy is closer to the Nigerian Gospel music because of the Emergence of artistes like us (Newbrid). .
Sammy Sas: In 2006 a Gospel music group named infinity, came an made a big mark in the Nigeria music industry, after their first album, they broke up. Are we hoping to see the group becoming bigger album by album and staying together for a longtime, like the group called “boys to men”?
Newbrid: We hope so by the Grace of God.
Sammy Sas: Any album out at the moment?
Newbrid: Not yet
Sammy Sas: So any major collaboration?
Newbrid: Apart from D.J ernersty ft Newbrid (kabash) A. one featuring Newbrid (Ogerugo) and lots more, we are still planning on collaborating with some other great Artistes.
Sammy Sas: Are you guys currently signed to any management or record company?
Sammy Sas: Apart from Jesus, who is your favourite character in bible?
Newbrid: Hmmmm… Fresh: would have said Judas ‘cos of his hustling spirit, for someone to be reasoning to sell God; ahhhhh!!! The Guy smart ooo… but I won’t pick him ‘cos Jesus came to save me. hmmm… so i will pick Jacob. from the old testament who fought with an angel and became my name sake (Israel). And the woman with the issue of blood from the New testament; that woman’s faith was that of a mango seed. Shezy: in the old testament I love David, the faith filled the singing warrior king, then in the new testament, I love the character of the Good samaritan cos I can relate directly to him. Smart Brainz: Moses is my favourite character from old testament and the five virgin women in the new testament. They taught me the act of readiness in life.
Sammy Sas: So what are your real names?
Newbrid: Fresh: Israel Shezy: Emmanuel Smart: Isaac
Sammy Sas: So what is your favourite Bible verse?
Newbrid: 2Corinthians 5:17
Sammy Sas: Where do guys see your career in 5 years time?
Newbrid: Making greater impact, causing positive change and bringing significant Awards home.
Sammy Sas: So what are your advice to upcoming group/solo musicians?
Newbrid: Dream big, work hard, stay humble and trust God.
Sammy Sas: Where are you currently based?
Sammy Sas: Please how can your fans reach you on social Media
Sammy Sas: So finally your last words to you fans out there
Newbrid: We love and cherish you; keep supporting the brand Newbrid. We will never let you you down.
Sammy Sas: Thanks for your fam..
Newbrid: Thanks man, Our pleasure.
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