Sean Kamati set the stage ablaze at the Windhoek Jazz Festival, ensuring that his name would be written on the plaque of history alongside the greats. It’s been an exciting and trying year for the young musician, having undergone brain surgery while preparing for the festival, but Kamati shows no sign of slowing down because he is living his dream.
Who is Sean Kamati?
Sean Kamati is a musician. Funloving guy, happy- go-lucky, hard worker and a dreamer.
When and how did you fall in love with music?
I have always loved music, and have had it around me since I was a toddler from the entire family playing music, to music in church, to basically just listening to music all the time.
What is music to you?
“Music makes me feel so good.” This is not just a line from one of my songs, it is my truth.
What are some of the notable projects which you have worked on?
I have been involved in quite a few theatre productions as a dancer, and recently the biggest one was as being one of the performers at the Windhoek Jazz Festival 2015.
Apart from music, what else do you do?
I am a copywriter for a local advertising agency. I’m also a fashion blogger.
Tell us about your journey with the jazz festival, What prompted you to enter, and why did you think it was a good opportunity for you to pursue it?
I have wanted to be part of the jazz festival for a few years now. This year, I thought again it was not going to happen, until one day when I got a call that the committee wanted to see me perform. They came to one of my rehearsals, and I feel like it was set from there on.
However, during that time, I found out that I had to have brain surgery. So, I thought that it would not be possible, but look at me now. It has definitely done something for my career. It is the first of many stepping stones to the top. I am so humbled that I could have been part of this.
In your opinion, what’s integral to the work of an artist such as yourself?
Commitment and hard work. These days, you can’t get by with just talent alone.
What role do you think music plays in society?
Music brings people together. It’s the unseen glue which brings people from all walks of life together.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
I am currently completeing my album. Thereafter, I would like to just go all over and perform as much as I can.
What are the common misconceptions about you and your work?
That it is easy, that is the biggest one.
You are famous for your crazy hashtags on social media. How did that start, and why does it seem like they are getting crazier with every post?
Hahahaha. Crazy hashtags. I look at them too sometimes and think to myself, “what is wrong with you?” It’s not like I have a hashtag bank or anything, they just come to me while I’m writing them. It’s crazy I know, but I love it.
If you had to audition for Idols, which song would you audition with, and why?
For the longest time I thought I would audition with John Legend’s ‘So High’ because his first album was my absolute favourite. But when it came out, I was not singing yet. I just always had that song in mind when I thought about Idols.
What are the three things you refuse to leave your house without?
My cellphone, wallet and food. That’s if I am not going to eat where I am going to.
If you were on a lifeboat and only had room for one person, would it be the Pope, Beyoncé or your beloved pet dog. Why?
Beyoncé, well because Beyoncé!
Have you ever thought of becoming a kapana vendor? Explain your answer.
Not in the slightest, but I would love to have one guy with me all the time who can make me some good Kapana.
If you were ice-cream, what flavour would you be and why?
Probably like an all-flavoured icecream because I like diversity.
What is your least favourite thing about humanity?
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing which happened to you recently?
I had someone come up to me on a night out, and he was like “Hi Sean”, and I said Hi. He seemed to be a bit offended that I did not recognise him. He continued like “I’m so and so from Facebook, you must know me.” I was just like, “Uhm, no sorry, I really don’t.” He just walked away.
What is your spirit animal?
I really don’t know. It changes all the time, and sometimes it’s not even an animal.
Would you rather wear genital-exposing leather chaps, or tattoo your whole face?
Genital-exposing leather chaps because no! #facetattoosmustfall.