I recently had the great opportunity of speaking with D’wante Navire, budding Afrobeat/R&B singer, hailing from Jamaica. This young-man has his eyes set dead on the stars, and will soon be one of them. For listeners who don’t fully grasp what Afrobeat is, thank God we have Google, right? Afrobeat is a music genre which involves the combination of elements of West African musical styles such as fuji music and highlife with American funk and jazz influences, with a focus on chanted vocals, complex intersecting rhythms, and percussion. In all seriousness, we all need to keep our eyes peeled on this future stars growth to stardom. Feel free to check out the interview below:
Where were you born and raised?
It’s an interesting one. I was born in Jamaica however my blood is Ghanaian, I have Ghanaian parents. I Moved to England when I was about one years old and lived in England since.
Is your family musically inclined as well?
They are, my mother and father were both in singing groups when they were younger, dad also played the piano and would teach choirs. I have 2 sisters who can sing well but they chose not to (lack of interest I guess).
Can you remember the first time you wrote/sung a song?
It was about 8 years ago, 1 am in the morning I was sitting at my piano creating soulful chord progressions. Now as a former poet I had a lot of lyrical content on my phone, so I decided to see if I could sing these lyrics over the chord progression. They merged perfectly, therefore my songwriting journey was birthed from there.
Who gave you the support to begin writing? Who did you play the early songs for?
To tell you the truth, songwriting was something I had to figure out for myself. I knew I had the basic ingredients i.e. (talent to pick up instruments, ability to sing and lyrical flow) and a rough idea of the recipe. So I just started cooking and getting feedback from others. The early songs were for lovers of R&B and Neo-soul.
You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?
Personal experience, topics that I am passionate, other people’s situations. The usual process is to make the beat/instrumental first, then find a theme that matches it. I would say my favorite part of the process is deciding which vocal tone/tones to use to record the vocals. I have 5 different vocal tones which I utilize throughout my music.
As listeners, we can all assume what artist’s songs are about, but I find it more beneficial to be direct and ask. What is “Announce My Arrival” about? What does it mean personally to you?
Announce My Arrival sets the foundation for what is about to come, it lets people know that I have landed on the music scene and I intend on staying. I wanted people to taste AfroBeat and R&B which are 2 essential elements of my musical DNA.
Who are your biggest writing influences, and who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
Old-school influences are Donell Jones & Boyz II Men. NewSkool influences are Mr Eazi & Bryson Tiller. I would love to collab with Wizkid and Mr Eazi. I would also love to collab with Bryson Tiller & Tory Lanez.
For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words
If I was to turn on your iPod right now, what five artists/songs would I see on your recently played list?
2. Burna Boy
3. Bryson Tiller
4. Tory Lanez
I’ve let plenty of people hear your music, and we all agree that we can’t wait for more! Are there any plans for new singles, or an EP on the way? What’s next for D’wante Navire?
That’s great to hear, and you can expect more singles to be dropping over the next few months. In terms of what’s next, Aside from building my fan base, I have big plans for my brand “iRep Ghana, iRep Africa”. More details will be revealed in time.