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Delivered Ntelabi Bukari A. in the Northern sector of Ghana in Saboba to both Northern parents, Ntelabi, as he is preferred to be called best and  known by his stage name Drilix moved and grew up in Sakumono with his family at an early age, His Education began at the Bethel Nursery School in Sakumono and was to transferred to Corpus Christi Catholic School to complete his Nursery Education till primary 3 when he finally moved to Holy Child R/C Basic School to complete his Basic and Junior High School Education, He then gained admission to Pope John Snr High Sch. & Minor Seminary after his B.E.C.E. He pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Publishing Studies from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, Kumasi. 


Delivered Ntelabi Bukari A. in the Northern sector of Ghana in Saboba to both Northern parents, Ntelabi, as he is preferred to be called best and  known by his stage name Drilix moved and grew up in Sakumono with his family at an early age, His Education began at the Bethel Nursery School in Sakumono and was to transferred to Corpus Christi Catholic School to complete his Nursery Education till primary 3 when he finally moved to Holy Child R/C Basic School to complete his Basic and Junior High School Education, He then gained admission to Pope John Snr High Sch. & Minor Seminary after his B.E.C.E. He pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Publishing Studies from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, Kumasi. 

Sit back, relax and enjoy his interview.


·         Are you religious?
To Modern Religions No! I’m not, I’m into African History & Spirituality thus embracing my roots and the customs of my forefathers and ancestors passed on from generations before.

·         How often do you church?
As a child through adolescence I was there about 3 times a week or even more serving mass, Occasionally throughout Secondary Sch. & Earlier in Uni I left the church/religion totally for personal reasons.

·         You are Ntelabi Augustine, where in Ghana do you hail from?
Ntelabi Bukari I dropped Augustine that’s btw hehe.. Saboba-Naboah in the Northern Region

·         Tell me a little about your childhood upbringing.
I wasn’t raised with a silver spoon and this i appreciate, positively, I moved to Sakumono as a child where I lived/schooled till PJ I grew up a regular ‘area boy’ and had my fair share of kubolor adventures, travelled mentally worldwide and a few times physically and through multimedia, print media & the internet I fell in love with music & art.

·         Do you have a musical background?
Nope!

·         How well, did you combine studies and music during your days in Pope John’s Senior High?
Music writing always came easy cos the passion was massive, and I knew I couldn’t disssapoint my paremts and I needed a lil book knowledge to have an advantage in this cold racist world so.

·         Were you part of any musical group?
Yep S2 (Stricly Street) later rebranded to 2FLY GH as a Music/Fashion group currently responsible for the ORIGIE Brand making waves today.

·         Do you still hear from any/all the members?
Yup a few of my mates reunited with Mike (My Co-Partner) & I to revive the Clothing line but the seniors though.. uhmmm once in a while..

·         Learnt you were an entertainment prefect then, how true is that?
Yessir! My Time was LIT! POJOSS was/is GREAT! Hehe

·         Can you tell me your music style?
Well.. As a musician I’ve learnt to be versatile but basically my style is mainly influenced By Hip-Hop/Rap with a touch of  Gh Rap, Uk Rap, AfroBeats, Dancehall/Reggae Vibes briefly..

·         Has this been your style ever since you started music?
Nope! I started mimicking UK Rap/Grime initially but I realized I had to sound more original and more like myself so I worked very hard to develop a style/delivery suitable enough to disseminate my written thoughts.

·         Which year did you enter into tertiary?
      2011/12
Did you study any course in relation to music?
      Naah Chale! Unfortunately.

·         Tell me a little insight about your contract with Urban Records
I signed with Urban Records under Lynx Ent. alongside Mushroom & Ayam Fresh as Hip/Hop Acts at the same time Eazzy, Ziggy, Felly (Feli Nuna), Dred W, MzVee & D3 were signed.  

·         Was that your first ever official label?
Yes! The rest I was affiliated to (Ball J’s Nu Afrika, Adwen Mienu w/ Killmatic)

·         What caused you to move from Urban Records?
I had a brief overview/knowledge on how the industry operated so we planned & worked very hard even skipped school several times for the dream but I realized we weren’t in the managements priorities so I Left. 

·         Did they in one way or the other influence your career?
Yes, I learnt a lot there about the industry even though I was street smart I absorbed other great traits and by leaving I was able to evaluate my entrepreneurial skills by setting up an independent label with my manager/friend Samson Osei & a Few Primary Investors.

·         During your days in KNUST, did you enjoy any form of benefits because you were Drilix?
I don’t think so, from Ghanaians? Smh.. Those who acknowledged and respected the art I saluted & that was it, I was a student and acted as such and even though I had a lil buzz I was still up and coming and I know people still don’t know I was there tbh hahaha

·         How do you relate with your fans, especially the female ones?
Lol Always humbled, keeps me going, hearing positive comments & criticisms from people I just met through my music is a blessing I’d say,  Everyone I meet is a brother or sister let’s say family and I treat everyone as such..

·         Do you think, it’s encouraging enough with the kind of fan base you have been able to build?
Encouraging Yes! But in a country like Ghana we just getting started chale, A Strong Foundation is Very important & I’m blessed to even have a fanbase that supports me.

·         Have you or anyone doubted your ability to do music?
Almost gave up 3/4 times or even more it wasn’t easy, Spoke to Loonee, Ball J, PeeWee and a few others occasionally for guidance so I stayed focused, I’ve Seen/Heard hate comments consistently but hey if they don’t talk about you it means you ain’t really doing nothing bro hehe

·         How is the feeling like, any time you are to perform on stage?
My Buzz is still growing so I’d say okay But you know Ghanaian crowds suck right so..*Shrugs*

·         You have a joint mixtape called The Solution Mixtape. How was the impact?
Massive!

·         Any favourite song on it?
      Naa! Loved every single record!

·         Which artist(s) did you have the joint on the Solution Mixtape with?
Mushroom, Killmatic & Koncept we featured Boy Nash though.
   Have you had your best collaboration yet?
So far it’s been Cabum & Myself on Inferno off my HipHopLives Album!

·         Is there any artist you can mention to be a threat to your career?
I am He!

·         Name your favorite female musician(s)
Uhmm Lets see Bantuma Arthur she sang on my Album, EsBee formerly of D3, Kaaki , Mz Vee , Efya , LadyJay , Eno , Wiyaala that’ll be it…

·         You are now with Ill Heaven Records, how is your new management doing?
Great! The team is working & supporting as well!

·         Is Ill Heaven Records in any way connected with Nu Afrika?
      Yup! Affiliated still , Ball J Mixes most of our records.

·         How many are you signed to Ill Heaven?
      Myself & 2 producers

·         Walk me through the birth of HipHopLives album
HHL was a foundation of a new Ntelabi Drilix & a statement! I wanted people to know where I stood in my music and creativity thus any sound whether a Love song or Party song there was an element of Hip-hop present, and the lyrical content made everything clearer.

·         How many artists were featured on the Album?
6

·         I know your songs to be your children, any favorite on the HipHop Lives album?
Haha I’d say Stay feat Bantuma.

·         Why the name HipHopLives?
It lives in me! Reincarnated! I’m the Resurrected Messiah, The New Testament in Gh Rap thus I AM HIP-HOP reborn. *smirk*

·         Can you tell me the number of songs you have on the album?
11

·         How can one lay his/her hands on the HipHopLives album?
It’s Live on iTunes, Vevo, Amazon , Spotify infact everywhere! Lol Just Google ‘Drilix – HipHopLives’ for Hard Copies mention @illhavenrecords for details.

·         People feel; that you are Hip-hop related, would you ever do any other genre(s)?
Versatility makes one a good artist I’m open to all genres but not to totally switch to mistake my identity as a Hip-Hop act and later run back. But I’m considering a touch of Dancehall, Hi-Life & Native African Music.

·         What is that one thing you can’t leave your house without?
My Beard J

·         If it wasn’t music, what would Drilix have become?
Wow! Probably an NBA player or a Full time Illustrator.

·         Drilix, do you think the people of Ghana are beginning to embrace the Hiphop genre?
I hear Hip-Hop on radio and TV every day in Ghana so that’s not it I know Gh peeps been hugging Hip-Hop ever since, The Industry needs healing and so do the people.. “If you want to know the state of a people consciously listen to their music” – Dr. Umar Johnson that’s all I’ll say.

·         Who or which musical band, do you look up to in the music industry?
There’s a handful but I’m a student of the game so I tap from almost everyone. 

·         In the next years to come, how is the music career of Drilix going to be like?
Ntelabi ‘Drilix’ Bukari is Beyond Music but in this industry GH/Worldwide with the right resources in place and consistent hard work I’ll be a Legend 100% I have to be! I’m here to make a difference and I’d kill myself than to lose focus.

·         As a musician, what advice can you give to your colleagues and high profiled ones? 
Don’t follow blindly it’s a business as well but follow your heart, Entertain but also educate the people to do better I’m still learning as well thus I will not talk much, But one more thing, Try to see yourself, your kids, or anyone else listening to your music in the next 15/20 years to come if it’ll be worth it proceed if not do better to make things right. Bless!

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Source: MediaHomeGh.blogspot.com/Cofydela