Garry Mapanzure on the trial-and error approach that led to his dual career and his secrets to a great song…

When Architecture meets music. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?! Well, Garry Mapanzure is enjoying the best of both worlds as he has managed to pursue his two areas of passion. Join us in this candid conversation as Garry reveals what led him to pursue dual careers simultaneously, how he manages to release stellar tracks in this cutthroat industry, and what makes him smile.

“African Sushi”. What’s the story behind that name?

I was given the name by a couple of my Japanese friends when I was in China because they really liked my style of clothing, the colours, the creativity; more or less like the Japanese style “drip” as we call it now, and from there came African Sushi.

We stan your drip game!!! It’s quite unique. Still on names, if you were to write a book about yourself, how would you name it?

The best version of me.

What got you into music?

I’ve always been into music because it’s a God-given gift, but professionally it was more of trial and error. I released my first song called Wapunza in 2019 and the song was a major success. From that point, there was no turning back. The success of my first project got me into music professionally.

Interesting start. So, if you hadn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?

I balance both school and music so I would have been doing school without the music. I’m still an architecture student with goal of getting my degree in a few years to come.

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

My music is Afro Pop and RNB. However, I’m open to jumping on a lot of genres because of that creative urge.

What is your creative process like?

I pray, get comfortable (I usually like recording without a shirt on because I feel freer (Laughs). I set up my equipment, upload beats from the archives and I start making music.

Well now we’re trying not to picture you with your shirt off. What do you feel is the best song you’ve ever released and why?

To be honest I will never give one song more credit than the others because I give all my songs my all. Every time I release a project I hope for the best because that’s my creation.

That’s a very balanced approach. What are the three most important lessons you have learned in building your brand?

– Tunnel Vision focus.
– Check on yourself regularly.
– All that glitters is not gold.

Solid lessons! We are curious to know, what always brings a smile to your face?

My Mom.

WOW. We didn’t see that coming. That’s very sweet. Now, back to your music. If you could open a show for any artist internationally who would it be?

Wizkid or BurnaBoy, I can’t pick one.

Great choices and we’d love to see it!!! In wrapping up, what’s next for you?

Releasing more singles and doing more collaborations. More music I guess.

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