CAPSO: Following his Dream

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Congolese born artist, Capso is making his mark in the music industry. The musician just completed recording a track with international star Wyclef Jean. He chats to us about his collaboration with Wyclef, his music and future plans.

When did you know that you were interested in music?

I grew up in the church – sermon after sermon, and after reciting the Bible each year and playing Jesus in the school plays, I began to write verses in my own chapters. I was never interested in music. I grew up in a confined space of indoctrination. My only escape was the white and black keys on the keyboard and the strings of the guitars that used to hang around the house. It was not by choice. Music was always there.

Wyclef Jean (left) and Capso
Wyclef Jean (left) and Capso

How did you break into the music industry?

I recorded a demo when I was in varsity. I submitted my demo to a number of record labels and David Gresham of David Gresham Records signed me.

How would you describe your music? What inspires it?

I look at music as taking pictures of life through song. I’m telling a story. I’m inspired by the people and things around me.

How did the collaboration with Wyclef Jean come about?

A wise man once told me that ‘hard work always pays off’. It’s so hard to explain. Things aligned beyond my control. It was about working hard and letting the team around me do what they needed to – shout out to Rumbi Dube! It was led by the Lord. We were in a studio meeting in New York and I managed to show Wyclef some of my previous videos on Youtube for ‘Afrika’ and ‘Dreams’ and he flipped. He absolutely loved ‘Dreams’ and said we needed to work on a song from scratch. Right there and then.

Wyclef and Capso jamming in studio
Wyclef and Capso jamming in studio

 How long did you work on the collaboration?

We spent a couple of days in studio in New York working together. We worked vampire hours from like 8pm till 4am.

Which other artist would you like to collaborate with?

I’d like to work with the guys who wrote Deuteronomy, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes in the Bible, because that’s the dopest thing I ever read. Today, locally I’d dig working with Mafikizolo and Zahara. Internationally, Asa and Earl Sweatshirt.

What can we expect from you in the future?

Personally, I am getting married. My girl said yes! In the future, making music that matters. If I can make just one person smile and feel good through my music, that’s everything to me.