I am always excited and glad to engage with extraordinary individuals. ❤
I have known Zerub for a couple of years now and I am personally amped for him and what is happening in his life.💃
I have to add that I had a ball interviewing Zerub. 😃😃😄😄
If you’ve met him then you know he is funny, nice and will inspire you.
Check out his music and thank me later😏
Enjoy the interview ❤
Hope chilinda: What are your full names?
Zerub: My birth names are Bornface Banda. I adopted the name Zerub later on in life.
Hope Chilinda: When were you born?
Zerub: I was born in 1993, on the 13th of June.
I come from a family of five. Unfortunately we lost one last year.
I am the first born.
I was born on the Copperbelt. In Ndola.
What caused your condition?
I was told I was born with polio. Later on, I developed Scoliosis. This is a problem with a spine.
Did you have to go through any surgery?
Yes. I have had eight operations.
When did you start music?
I would say music is something I believe i was born with. I discovered I could make music when I was young.
I don’t really recall when I started rapping. I do however remember when I started composing music.
In grade four, I had a small book where I wrote my first album *laughs*
It was full of songs *laughs again*
What challenges have you faced in the music industry?
Well, uhm, mostly being looked down upon. Especially when I just started. I’d go to some studios and people would judge me simply because I was on a wheelchair.
Some undermined my music capability because of what they see on the outside.
I remember when I participated in a cypher, when i finished my verse, someone from the crowd shouted “ah naba kuti Ba rapa(even he can rap)”
It is depressing and hurtful because people with disabilities are looked down upon even when he or she is talented and gifted.
What message do you wish to send out with your music?
One of the things I want to do with my music is to challenge society’s perspective. One is not limited by how they appear on the outside.
What songs do you have right now?
There is “habit” which features my best friend William and “show me love” which features Kantu.
What advice would you give to someone with a disability and to anyone that is facing a challenge in life?
We came into this life and found things that are not our fault, we found situations that we wish we did not find and things that we did not intend to happen happen.
That should not make one helpless and give up.
Stand up and choose to bring something beautiful out of the mess.
Someone once told me to not look at your disability or difference as a setback but your brand. That is who you are. Bring good out of it.
At the end of the day, we are our own architect. It is even written in the Bible that “I have given you the power to choose between life and death.” Choose to make the best out of your situation. This is what I have decided to do.
I take myself as I am. I don’t know why I was born this way, but that does not mean I cannot make something beautiful out me.
My question for you is what are you going to make out of your situation?
In a way, I represent people that are judged based on their situations.
You can’t define a human being based on something so small.
A human being is limitless, beyond what we can think and control.
What should people expect from you?
Well, people should expect a lot. I’m a graphic designer, I spearhead a poetry band called paper planes and I also do music. There is a lot coming.
Who would you want to work with?
I admire Chefy 187. I really really admire that guy so much.
I would also like to work with J Cole.
Also, i would have Loved to work with Tupac.
Where can people download your songs from?
My songs are on various sites; Zambianmusicblog, Zedarts and