L Jay Maasai: Glory be to God

How do you feel about winning?

I’m very humbled. I’m very honoured. The category I was nominated in (Male Artiste of the Year) had some very big names. These are artists I’ve been watching since I was in high school and it was a great honour to be in the same category as them. I feel very humbled and I give God all the glory.

Did you expect to win or was it a big surprise?

It was a huge surprise to me. Actually when they were announcing the winner I was busy chatting on the phone and I didn’t even realise they had said my name. I had to ask my mom if I had heard it right.

Who is the first person you called after hearing the news?

I have had so many phone calls since the show. I actually couldn’t pick up all of them so I just put the phone away. But once things had calmed down a bit I the first guys I called were my die-hard fans; people I have been working with who have been there since the beginning, members of my family, other DJs and other artistes.

Did you ever see yourself reaching the heights you have reached?

I still remember when all this was just a dream. The first Groove Awards I ever attended were I kind of had to sneak into the show. The second one I went to I received my first nomination, that was in 2014 and I won that one. Last year I didn’t win anything but it was all good. It’s been a fulfilling journey thus far.

How do you deal with critics?

The only I could do is to tell God to let His will be done. When I prayed I wasn’t praying to win the award, I was praying to so that God’s will would be done. To me critics don’t matter because in everything I put God first. So if God decided that I should be the one to win then nothing else matters. I ignore the rest plus you know, sometimes critics build your name.

How do you think winning the award will affect your work?

I don’t know but I trust it will be positive. For me, I take it as a sign that much more is expected from me as an artiste and as a person who lives a public life. I ask for the Grace of God in everything that I do.

Who would you love to work with in the future?

I’ve been asked this question before and all I can say is that I haven’t thought about it yet. I might need a couple of weeks to think about that but I would love to do another Kenyan collaboration. The last one I did was back in 2013. I did a song with Rose Muhando last year and she’s Tanzanian and it was great but I would to bring it back home first before looking outside the country.

What can we look forward to from you in the near future?

I have a lot of plans in place. We have so much in store for our fans that I can’t talk about right now but I will say watch this space. I am still overwhelmed!







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