Tonny Breezy says music production involves engineering, mentoring, gold ticket (magical touch), the remixing of music and advising on song writing to mention but a few. Every producer brings different skills and makes what they do seem essay. He believes music producing in Zambia is slowly being recognised although he feels more can be done to improve it. MUSIC production involves engineering, mentoring, gold ticket (magical touch), the remixing of music and advising on song writing to mention but a few. Every producer brings different skills and makes what they do seem essay.
Antwan Katongo commonly known as ‘Tonny Breezy’ is one of Zambia’s most influential and talented music producer who believes that Zambian music is slowly gaining recognition on the international music industry.
Breezy says producing in Zambia is seen to be an easy job when in the actual sense it has been a thorn in the flesh.
At only 21, Breezy has his own music label, ‘fresh boy muziq.’ With hit songs like 'Amenso pamo' by Chef 187, Tonbolilo by Pjay and sunga man, Foolish me the refix by Chef 187 and Pjay, higher by Chef 187 ft S-roxxy, kokolikoko by Pjay and Jonny cee ,Tent by XYZ and You don’t understand by Marky 2(Umupondo) to mention a few to his name; Tonny Breezy is making hit waves in music production.
Tonny Breezy earned himself a nomination for the Zambia Music Awards in the category of Best music producer.
Tonny Breezy admits that music producing in Zambia is slowly being recognised although he feels more can be done to improve it.
“Zambian music producers are now being recognised, for example in awards like the Zambia Music Awards in the category of Best music producer. I still feel that more can be done to improve the quality of music producing in the country. We have a lot of potential and we can capitalise on that.” He explains.
When asked on his views on the quality of Zambian music, Breezy says, “we are not there yet, we have our ups and downs because we want to sound like Nigerians, South Africans and Americans, we luck originality.”
He adds that lack of quality studio equipment has also greatly contributed to the quality of music being produced in Zambia.
“There are certain equipment that producers need and buy them overseas like compressors, sound cards and sound filters…. these are very expensive… some music equipment are as expensive as some cars,” he discloses.
Tonny Breezy explains that government should reduce the duty on music equipment. He believes this would reduce the stress that producers go through adding that a free mind always thinks greater and by so doing, quality music will be made.
When asked what it takes for someone to be a music producer, he says “to be a music producer, one needs to have the passion and interest for music.
Above all, that person must be a talented multi-instrumentalist and not must also have some knowledge in music.
Breezy urges upcoming producers to be more creative than him and to be original and says, “let us take Zambian music to greatest level.”