Interview with Ivory Coast Based Up and Coming Artist Luckydabo$$
Yovan Brindou aka Luckydabo$$, founder of a NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) called Action pour le tier monde / Action for the third world. The goal of the organization is to come to people assistance all over the world and help improve lives and living conditions. My people are from the Ashanti Kingdom in West Africa, in what is now Ghana and part of Ivory Coast.
After several wars with the colons, the kingdom spread all over the west coast of Africa with the Main seat still in Ghana. My people migrated and my great-great-grand ancestors moved their communities and their people all the way toward the left (Which is the East part of Ivory Coast) where they settled.
I come from a royalty, my Great-great grand Father took care of our people and passed it down from generation to generation. In 1989 my father came to the U.S with bigger goals and ideas in mind. My father was very active in social issues in Ivory Coast and was involved in a lot of good projects for the people.
I joined my father in the U.S around my 18th birthday which was a very good moment. Growing up, I was a very active kid. I played soccer for major teams in Ivory Coast since the age of 7 (Stella Club, WAC, I was selected for under 17 national teams) and I was acting and performing sometimes for my school and church, maybe it is a Gemini thing who knows J.
I kept on doing the things that I loved doing when I got to Brooklyn New York City. I continued school and graduated from high school while doing music, performing and hanging out with friends. I went to college and joined the U.S Army which was a great experience. I also met people who loved music and I decided to take it to the next level.
Where are you from?
Luckydabo$$ is originally from the Ivory Coast, grew up in Brooklyn New York and now lives in OKC.
How did you come by your stage name?
Lucky because the Power ble$$ed me with a unique skill that I will heal the world with, and I’ve always been a Boss it was not an option. Believe in yourself and everything will be accomplished. Stay Positive even in a critical situation. Everyone is a boss, you just gotta find yourself.
When did you start making music and taking it seriously?
I’ve been around music from a very early age. I started to act and perform around 5 at my church and my school. I’ve always recorded and performed my own tracks. Everyone around kept telling me to take it to the next level because I have the gift of music. I ignored it for a very long time but then started to get calls from managers, A&Rs etc… and they were all trying to get involved in my music career.
At that point, I started to realize the impact of my music. A lil bit over 2 years ago I started to put my stuff online and I was getting calls to perform in different places (Texas, Miami, Atlanta …). My album (The Me$$age which you can get here https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/luckydabo) came out and it started to make noise, now radio stations are playing it everywhere. Here I am Now, This is the beginning of my story.
Who influenced you to become an artist?
My influence in society. We are all humans (Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians etc all with the same red blood) on the same earth. Wealth in society does not have to be balanced/equal but the least we can do is care for each other. We don’t have to agree but we also don’t have to get violent toward each other. This is my motivation.
What are you currently working on and how can the people find you?
I am always working on new tracks and easy to find. All you gotta do is go to www.luckydaboss.com and check me out. From there you can go on multiple social media sites and follow me.
Do you feel that the industry needs more artist like yourself? Why?
There are a lot of artists with the same vision as me out there. Maybe most of them closed their eyes on social issues and don’t make hot tracks on current topics for a personal reason, you have to ask these hot artists why not make a hot track on the current state of society. I know they will kill it if one decides to do it.
What is your ultimate goal at the end of your career?
I’m the Me$$enger, I will keep speaking and healing the world forever with my music. There is no end of a career for this.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
My suggestion to anyone and any artist out there is that you must push yourself until you touch your own goal. From there try to go to the next level. There is no end to this so when you stop you only affect yourself.
How can potential fans find you?
All you gotta do is go to www.luckydaboss.com and check me out. From there you can go on multiple social media sites and follow me.
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