"'Nowhere Cool’ is something that I could say I have worked harder on than anything in my whole life,' says M.anifest.
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Speaking on Live FM, the “Someway Bi” hitmaker said he has been working on the album before his recent performance in Switzerland.
“I finished working on ‘Nowhere Cool’ album before my performance in Geneva, Switzerland but mostly, I have been ducking, hiding, hibernating and creating, and now I’m fully coming out with a big bang. ‘Nowhere Cool’ is something that I could say I have worked harder on than anything in my whole life,” he said.
He praised the producers who worked on the album saying ‘they are extremely talented’.
“Big shout out to all the young producers I worked with. I must say they are extremely talented and I think it’s good that you get to hear from those people in their terms of creative input on the album,” he said adding that “the kind of hours we put in huh?”
Sharing his experience with the young talents he featured on the album, the 33-year-old wordsmith said they want to ‘explore and experiment, and also have open ears not successful way of doing things’.
“It’s amazing. I think they want to explore and experiment just like I want to and also have open ears and not successful way of doing things. Also, I think with every generation, we have people who are more exposed to the world. There are people who have never travelled as much but because of technology they are more exposed.
When I was coming up, I listen to the radio and buy cassette but today, with the ‘click things’ [Internet] they get exposed. So it was great working with people who ‘think far’,” he giggled.
“Jayso basically recorded and mixed most of the album, and he put in a lot of work into the album and I respect and appreciate it. It wasn’t just business – it’s a lot of time spent making things happen. He has his different opinion and things like I do but I think the conversation is bigger than that,” he said.
He disclosed that the album is partly an owe to author Ama Ata Aidoo and also inspired by the popular slogan 'nowhere cool'.
“’Nowhere Cool’ is partly an owe to a prolific and amazing writer Ama Ata Aidoo but if you notice too when you go around town, taxis and tro- tro, this is one of the slogans you see. But it hit me while watching a documentary of her reading a portion of ‘Nowhere Cool’. And it was the kind of philosophy I was thinking of around what I wanted to do with the album so it was just a perfect fit,” says M.anifest.
He assured his fans that they should expect an ‘organic collaboration’.
“People should expect some collaborations. I spent a lot of chance creating so this is the chance for people to see how the creativity is not centred on me.
“I have organic collaboration with Worlasi and producer Mo Beatz. Mo Beatz is a beast, Worlasi is also a beast and I also come with a beast,” concluded.
The 13-track album which features Worlasi, Brymo, Tumi Molekane and other top artistes is scheduled for release on September 8, 2016.
Some of the tracks on the album include “Damn You Rafiki”, “Rich People Problems”, “B.E.A.R”, "Sugar", “Nowhere Cool”, “Invisible”, “100%” and “god MC”. Producers working on it include Mo Beatz, Jayso and Drumroll.