FLASHBACK 2014: Sam Chitundu Calls For Creativity Originality Among Artists
Meet Sam Chitundu
I am an heir to the kingdom of God, a king and a servant. A work in progress. Deeply in love with the creative side of God and always overwhelmed by his grace.
Talking of the creative side of God, how & when did you discover your talent as a guitarist?
I discovered it when I was about 13 or 14. I had been very intrigued by the piano and was interested in learning how to play it.
I had tried for a couple of years before but it hadnt really made sense until my folks got me a guitar for my birthday. I got to playing it and even though learning it initially was a little challenging things gradually fell into placeAnd they still are!
How have you gotten to sharpen your skill since then?
I have sharpened my skill through lots of practice. I try to play every day when I get the chance no less than two hours and on a good day about 4. A good free day that is.
What keeps you so determined?
I’m constantly reminded to practice and nurture my gift because I’m not at the place I want to be yet. Professional musicians play 6 hrs and more to get to where they are and studies show to master a skill you need about 10000 hrs. I haven’t counted but I have a feeling there’s about 7000 hrs due …need to catch up *chuckles*
So when did it hit you that you actually had some mad skills?
It still hasnt hit me actually, Im still waiting for that revelation. But I knew I had the potential to be really good shortly after I started because of the support of my friends and family and because its something i just really enjoyed.
I have sharpened my skill through lots of practice. I try to play every day when I get the chance no less than two hours and on a good day about 4.
Who have you played for so far?
I have done session guitars for a lot of artists but i mainly record for the lota house team. Able, Mag44, Pompi, and Tio..Ive also played guitars for Kanji, Sobre and others. Its always an honor to work with great talent.
Was it always your aim to grow your talent big or it was a part time hobby that just evolved?
I remember as a kid every little thing I got started with I wanted to make something significant out of. Ive never wanted to be half in with anything.
So is guitar playing your main career prospect?
Its a lot of what I do now, but I love to leave the possibilities open. Based on where God wants me to be.
Its very hard to be original in this copy and paste world we live in. It takes conscious effort for any creative to think outside the norm.
What are some challenges you have or may be facing whether or not relating to your journey as an artist?
I think my main challenge is skill which Im working on. Another is creativity and originality. Its very hard to be original in this copy and paste world we live in. It takes conscious effort for any creative to think outside the norm.
Whats your personality like?
Wow! Tough oneWell, Im an introvert but I absolutely enjoy the company of friends. I dont like to take myself to seriously but when something resonates with where my heart is i get really serious, perhaps too serious sometimes.I laugh at everything! Except funerals or sad gruesome things of course.
Your mad talent has obviously gained you some fame & a lady fan-base too *laughs*How do you deal with that? Whats your take on relationships & dating?
Not as large as Id like! hahaha kiddingHonestly thats never really been something for me to consciously deal with. I just believe in treating everyone with love and respect. And when it comes to dating I believe when youre on the right path chasing your God given dream and vision, the right person comes along. Not that it wont have to be worked for but its nothing to stress about either.
Do you have a mentor or mentors?
Yes I do. My guitar mentor is a Andish. He plays many of the circuits in Zambia. My life mentors are my father, Pastor Walker Schurz.. Thats only to name a few
Are you happy with where you are so far? Is this your dream?
Well, like I said Im not where I want to be but Im on the path to it. And because of that Im happy. Taking a step everydayfor me its about progress, not perfection.
Your last words to the young artist & the youth at large
To the young artist and the youth at large, let us live and breath originality and creativity. Lets build this country up picking up from where our fathers left off looking back only to move forward. Let us be doers, love, and stay united to make this world a better place bringing Gods kingdom down.