BY EDWIN MAPURANGA
Like many other dancehall artists, who are interested in violent music, boastful, barbaric and dirty lyrics, he has managed to move far away from that. Caleb Tereka, who is known as Ras Caleb, the ‘Rascal dread’ by his enthusiasts is a dancehall artist who sings dancehall gospel. Ras Caleb, who refused to make his age known told us that he was sent by God to preach the word in a certain way, and was deployed through Dancehall music. The rascal dread attends The Salvation Army where he crafted his skills in the music industry. Celebrity check caught up with him and he has this to say:
CC:NICE MEETING YOU MR CALEB. MAYBE TO START, WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
I am based in Harare, but I come from Masvingo.
CC: WHY DID YOU MOVE TO HARARE FROM MASVINGO?
Because everything is centralized in Harare and that is where people go to make it in life. There are very few opportunities in Masvingo.
CC: I AM SURE ENOUGH PEOPLE IN MASVINGO ARE ALSO INTERESTED IN YOUR MUSIC?
Yes man, we are here to pursue those dream job careers. Outside Harare you will be in the shadows. I am not the only a talented guy from there but what you do not know is most people come to Harare because of centralization.
CC: HOW MANY ALBUMS DO YOU HAVE SO FAR?
I have countless singles but no album as yet. Produced roots rock Zimreggae in 2012 but that one did not do well. I am currently working on a new album due for release before winter.
GM: WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU SING?
I am more into reggae, but I also sing dancehall.
CC: WHICH ONE DO YOU PREFER?
I prefer reggae because you can explore different emotions with it. If you could listen to my music, I sing reggae gospel. I am deeper than what many think. God is behind my music. I just have to preach in a certain way and he deployed me to sing in the dancehall. Most of my music gives reference to God. For instance, Tokwe Mukosi, Mutoro, Temberi, Patinoriser, Garai neni and many others.
CC: HAVE YOU WON ANY AWARDS SO FAR?
I won Best Conscious Song of the year in last week’s Dancehall Awards. The conscious song is called Tokwe Mukosi.
CC: WAS IT YOUR FIRST AWARD?
Yes, it was my first award since I joined the music industry. I did not get a chance in these awards because I was unknown.
CC: ARE YOU ONE OF THE DANCEHALL ARTISTS WHO HAVE VENTURED INTO THE INDUSTRY OF VIOLENCE AND DIRTY LYRICS?
Well I am different from them, and I am doing different from them. As I already told you before that most of my songs are more to God.
CC: FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR READERS, TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
I am Calleb Tereka. I was born in Masvingo and I started singing as a Junior Soldier at Salvation Army. I was living in South Africa and that is where I did my studies in Journalism and Media Studies. I returned home in 2010 and I moved to Harare in 2011 and this is where I am right now.
CC: HOW DID YOU COME UP TO BE A MUSICIAN?
I liked as a youngster in church and I had always wanted to pursue it professionally.
CC: WHO ELSE IN YOUR FAMILY IS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
There is none in my family, but from my grandmother’s family is Munyaradzi Munodawafa.
CC: WHO INSPIRED YOU INTO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
Life and dancehall itself. I am always changing favorites.
CC: HOW ABOUT YOUR HAIRSTYLE, WHO INSPIRED IT?
My hairstyle is not inspired, it is a freestyle.
CC: WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL?
I do not look up to anybody.
CC: WHAT ARE YOUR BEST MOMENTS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
Being part of Chillspot, and when I was nominated and added to radio playlists.
CC: WHICH IS YOU WORST FEAR?
I don’t know, but I cannot be afraid of anything because fear is the cousin of death.
CC: HAVE YOU EVER VENTURED INTO INTERNATIONAL TOURS?
Not yet my brother.
CC: WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO TO EARN A LIVING?
I was working last year, but my contract expired. Currently it is music alone, I cannot complain. I sometimes do advertising but not full time. I am a copywriter; I have a diploma in Media and Journalism. I can do advertising, and Public Relations, that is what I did at college.
CC: WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?
Well I have big dreams and big ideas with God by my side. In five years I will be having a real international brand.
CC: DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN MUSICAL KIT?
Not yet. We are hoping to raise money and buy them unless we get a promoter who would buy them for us.
CC: WHO IS HELPING YOU MANAGE YOUR MUSIC?
Chillspot, Dj Fantan and Sky Rocket help with the managing.
CC: WHICH OTHER ARTISTS HAVE YOU WORKED WITH?
I worked with Soul Jah Love, Trey Young, Pah Chihera and Rockie was my producer.
CC: FINALLY, DO YOU HAVE COLLABORATIONS?
Yah I have, the one with Jah Love, Pamubhedha from 2011, then with Thelma called Vatete and the one Trey Young which is making waves now.
BY EDWIN MAPURANGA