LOCAL singer Vikesh Ramnarain, (VR) affectionately known Cazper the Vocalist, wants to give back to his community by exploring hidden talents within the youth through music. Ramnarain (31) will be performing live at Captains Yard in Tongaat on December 1. Coastal Weekly journalist Andile Sithole (AS) interviewed Ramnarain (VR) regarding his future plans in the music industry. AS: Where did you grow up? VR: I grew up in Plein Street, Tongaat, and lived there for many years. AS: What are your most memorable childhood experiences? VR: My most memorable childhood experiences would be at Plein Street. My parents often used to sell stuff at the morning market stalls and door-to-door just to make a living and make sure my siblings and I had everything. Regardless of their finances, they would take us to the Charity Fair every year. We played on the street and we didn’t have many toys. At the age of 14, I was hardly at home and spent a lot of time with the wrong company. While there on the streets I mastered isiZulu and found my love for music. AS: What’s the name of your album? VR: The album will be titled #Breaking Ground (The name symbolises me breaking into the music industry from nothing). The lead track will be my hit song #Question. It will be released next year if all goes according to God’s will with finances. The music industry is costly and I have no financial support so far. AS: Tell us about your education from primary to high school. Where and when did you complete your studies? VR: I started my schooling at Vishwaroop Primary in Plein Street. I was there for about six years. Thereafter I went to Victoria Primary for two years and Tongaat Secondary another two years until I dropped out at Grade 10 due to finances. AS: You currently live in Gauteng — what made you come back and introduce your work to the Tongaat community? VR: I moved to Gauteng five years ago to find myself and my musical dream. Tongaat will always be home and will always have my heart. My son stays there. My family and all my fans are in Tongaat. I decided to do my first ever debut show in Tongaat because that’s where my heart will always be. AS: How long did it take you to release these two tracks? VR: I recorded my first two hit songs in just over two weeks with Amazing Media Productions. We expect to officially release them internationally and for radio play soon. The show is to promote the songs before the launch. AS: Where do you draw your inspiration from? VR: My inspiration to master my talent and career comes from the fact that I have a son who will one day be proud of a father like me. AS: Describe your sound, are these songs a combination of various song styles and genres? VR: My music is different because it tells you a story about love and understanding while also giving you a reason to want to get up and dance. The type of music we create is aimed at being of international quality and we have set the bar high with #Question and #Absolutely. The fusion of sounds and vocals are said to mesmerise you in some way. My voice is unique and our beats are original. AS: Who do you admire in the South African industry? VR: I truly admire and respect people like J Something, Lady Zamar, Cassper Nyovest, Shekinah, DJ Black Coffee and Lendel Moonsamy. These people have shown me that anyone can make it with hard work and dedication AS: Who is your favourite local artist or band? VR: It will have to be Micasa, Lady Zamar, Matthew Mole and The Parlotones. AS: Any advice for aspiring artists? VR: My advice to anyone chasing a musical dream is to never give up. Never let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough or you can’t make it, regardless of where you’re from or your finances — you can make it if you believe in yourself. If God can take me from my lowest point and turn me into somebody, he can do the same for you.