Meet South African artist and producer, Captain Blu

Tell us a little about your background?

My name is Peace Uviomo Olugbo and I’m originally from the suburb of Apapa-Ajengunle in Lagos, Nigeria. I was raised in a Christian home where I was introduced to performing music at a young age by playing keyboards and guitar in the church band.

What made you decide to start making music?

My home was always very musical with both my parents introducing me to old vinyl records of Bob Marley, Kenny Rodgers and Don Williams. Music had always been a big part of my life and I had always felt that it was a calling, so in 2012 I made the decision to move to South Africa to officially pursue my music career and to make a new start after both my parents passed away.

How did you come about the name Captain Blu?

My artist name initially started out as just Blu. I just liked the name and thought it sounded cool. The Captain was added on when an old friend who really believed in my music jokingly suggested that I should call myself The Captain.

How did this track come about?

I randomly woke up at 2am one night and all I kept hearing in my head was the word zanga. I immediately hopped in my home studio, put down a rough beat and started recording a hook. That was the start of the track.

What does Zanga mean?

Zanga is a slang term used in Nigeria, specifically in Lagos, which is used to describe your spot or your hood. It’s any form of your physical comfort zone.

How did the collaboration with Fuse D come about?

Fuse had gotten in contact with me through a mutual friend. He dropped by my studio one day to record some verses for a track he had written. I played him a little sample of Zanga and he immediately started free-styling over the beat. Right then and there I realised I needed to collaborate with him on the song.

Name one South African artist you’d like to work with moving forward.

Nasty C would definitely be the one.

Spiderman or Batman, and why?

Definitely Batman because he qualifies as being a “badman”. He’s intelligent, he cares and he definitely has the dopest rides.

A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a gold chain. What does he say and why is he here?

The penguins would probably say, “I’m here to dance to some badman Blu tunes”.

Tell us something we don’t know about you in the next minute.

I’ve got a two year old son named Paro. The kid is a super model in the making.

‘Zanga’ is available to stream / purchase via all major digital outlets.

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