From the streets of Lagos to the ears of South Africans, Captain Blu is an up and coming artist who keeps growing his platform through genre-defying sounds and upbeat lyricism.
In a big year for the rising musician, he released his 2018 breakthrough single, “ZANGA,” which landed on the various top spots. Blu began recording in his bedroom at the age of 16, and his big breakthrough started with the release of his Luxury Blu EP. The song became a viral hit and propelled the Afro-pop Artist into the mainstream.
He joined The Morning Cruise last week to share more about his style and he said his roots in the church, along with his parent's love of classical music can still be heard in the music Blu makes today.
"I think about love, and togetherness and happiness," Blu said. "I want my music to be positive always."
That messaging is present in songs like "Surely Surely," which is a song with a clear message: whatever will be, will be. Blu shows that everyone goes through struggles, but the work put into their respective hustles yields results.
Blu said he gathers influence from all styles of music ranging from opera to deep house. His songs range between Afro-pop and amapiano.
His newest track "Laula" features 19 year old artist Natasha and it discusses the concept of controlled love. This song is an example of that genre-bending style that make Captain Blu such a versatile artist.
Blu said he hopes to keep expanding his musical style with promotions, festivals and events. Beyond his own career, Blu said he hopes to serve as an inspiration to younger generations of artists.
"We have to tell the young ones they can come into this platform," Blu said. "Any African kid willing to do something dope can be empowered to do greater things."
He said he hopes his story as a South African artist from Lagos can also inspire change on a social level. Discriminations and xenophobia have become an unfortunate consistent part of Blu's path, but he said these issues will come to an end through love, which is what he tries to discuss in his music.
"I grew up knowing everybody, not who was from where," Blu said.
To grow his sound, Blu said he is working on new music and improving his content like events, music videos and more.
While things for Blu haven't always been smooth sailing, he is now making serious headway in uncharted waters. The Captain is a leader worth following as he carves his path in the South African music scene.
By Ben Rappaport
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