MANCHESTER – Journalist Macdonald Chimbizi meets up with upcoming Manchester-based Gospel musician Derick Maphosa ahead of his Sovereign GOD album launch pencilled for Saturday 15 June 2013.
Name: Derick Maphosa
Stage Name: Derrmap
Marital Status & Children: Married to Rossie Muza Maphosa, with 3 boys and one girl
Which schools did you go to?
Ihlathi secondary school in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
How did your interest in music start?
My mother is one of the best ever unrecorded singer to come from South Africa. She made us sing at a very early age . My dad being a Pastor that meant we used to make items as we used to refer to the ministries back then.We had a renowned Maphosa family singers.
Are you signed to any record label?
My own record label Derrmapmusic although negotiations are at an advanced level with a major record label in South Africa to help boost us up before we entirely do everything as Derrmapmusic
Who produces your music?
Upcoming producer Patson Nyakudya aka Bishop Keys
How would you describe your music?
My music is uplifting , encouraging ,giving hope and reassuring . Its about what God is , what HE can do
The Gospel market is a bit overcrowded how do you intend to set yourself apart?
I don’t want to set myself apart but only God himself can set me apart. All I am doing is answering the call, the caller knows why HE called me and where he is taking me. Gospel music is the Word of God in song. Like in the bible no prophet or apostle wanted to set themselves apart ,they came and did as per their calling.
Why gospel and not R’N’B or soul music?
This is what brought me up and as a minister of the word I have to live what I preach. You can’t be a christian and still feed your spirit with world music.
What’s the biggest crowd you have performed in front of and where?
I would say in various churches, Apostolic Faith Mission International Ministries (UK) conferences, Precious People Parish (RCCG) official church building dedication, Present Help Sanctuary concert.
Talk us through the ‘Sovereign GOD Album’
Basically its a 10 track album interlaced with Southern African beats, Calypso and Reggae beats that makes it an album for any time of the day.This album was inspired by what God is doing in my life, the great and mighty work I witness by my own eyes just made me realise it can only be the sovereign GOD. This album talks about the totality of GOD. The greatness of GOD, His total control and His ever presence.
How do you plan to Market your album?
The album is on itunes, Rhapsody,Spotify, Amazon, hard copies on www.derrmapmusic.co.uk.
Who inspires you musically?
There is quite a few ranging from Derick Nzimande, Ron Kenolly, Benjamin Dube, Donnie Mcclurkin and William Mcdowell.
What’s your favourite musical instrument?
It has to be the keyboard no doubt as one can get drums, guitar or bass out of it.
Do you keep tabs on Zimbabwean music?
Oh yes everyday. They are a lot of musicians pushing the boundaries and I really emulate what they are doing. Besides I am never the one to turn my back on my roots. Its what give me my uniqueness and identity.
How did you intend to market your music back home?
I am in serious talks with representatives in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Hopefully when next we talk I will be able to tell you in more detail, but all I can say its looking good.
What has been your career highlight?
Sharing the stage with my idols, gospel music titans Donnie Mcclurkin, Muyiwa.
What’s your least favourite thing about yourself?
If you were to be 18 again, what would you do differently?
I wouldn’t want to do anything differently because without the life experiences I went through I wouldn’t be where I am right now.God has been faithful through it all.
What are you most afraid of?
Nothing, Isaiah 41 v 10.” So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Yes I do get shaken sometimes but I am not moved.
What was the last book you read?
Besides the Bible which I read regularly, its a book by Kenneth .E.Hagin “How you can be led by the Spirit of GOD”
Who would you most like to meet – dead or alive?
Apostle Paul hahaha!!!
In your opinion, what’s the best song ever recorded?
Every Gospel song carries a message and just like in the bible there is no verse better than the other.
Can you describe yourself in three words?
Kind, Fair and Loving
What would you not travel without?
My phone, because it has everything in it, my music, diary,contacts, sat nav and of course my wallet, for my bank cards and money
If one artist was to perform at your party, who would get the call?
If you had the power to ban one thing in the world, what would that be?
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you get up to?
I would like to spend a day in White House
Who is the most famous person you have met?
I have met loads, , Ryan Giggs, Donnie Mcclurkin, Muyiwa and Benjamin Dube
What does the future hold for Derick Maphosa?
The future looks bright no doubt, the sky is not the limit but it is the beginning for me.