Who is Carine?
Carine Lemazurier is a 17 year old singer and songwriter. My heritage is a mix of Kenyan and French.
When did you discover your talent?
I discovered my talent by the age of 6 years old. I would sing and create songs in the car and when I was bored. My parents were also very encouraging and helped me nurture it.
What challenges have you faced as a young upcoming artiste?
Well first of all I have really learnt a lot about the music industry and how much time it takes to actually write a song and to produce it then I have had the privilege to be able to shoot a music video that took a lot of time and patience but this is just the beginning so I am ready for many more challenges to come.
What genre of music do you prefer to do?
I really love all types of genres but I prefer pop music, gives it an extra kick.
Apart from music, what are your other interests?
I am fascinated by business and when I am free I go horse riding.
What is the music industry like in France as compared to Kenya?
In Kenya, the music industry is more open and a bit easier to navigate because right now the only way you can make it in the music industry in France is by participating in TV shows such as the Voice.
Where do you record and how do you fund your music recording and videos?
I record at Ennovator music with Timwork. I have been fortunate enough that my parents support my career as long as I do not slack off on school work.
Tell us more about your debut single?
My debut single is called Barre Toi. It is (Barre Toi) French for ‘Go away’. The song is basically talking about a painful heartbreak. The end of a relationship and picking up the pieces living your life without the extra baggage.
Do you write your own music?
Yes I do. My best friend also helps me when I get a ‘writer’s block.’ She wrote the bridge of the song ‘Barre Toi’.
Is it inspired by a true story or just a composition?
This track was inspired by a true story.
What do you hope to achieve as an artiste?
I want to be able to make a name for myself and make people feel different emotions through my music and hopefully inspire them. I also want to put my countries on the map.
How has your music been received both in Kenya and France?
My music has been received nicely in France as well as Kenya and I am very lucky I have friends as well as family to help me get it out there.
What is your view of the Kenyan music industry? Would you permanently settle in Kenya to pursue a career in music?
I really don’t know enough about the music industry for now so it is not possible for me to say much. But I hope as I continue to release music I will learn.
Last word or advice to young artistes?
Believe in yourself, you will break that ceiling. Just be patient.
REAL NAME: Carine Wangechi Suzanne Lemazurier
STAGE NAME: CARINE
AGE: 17 years old
FAVORITE ARTISTE: Justin Bieber
FAVORITE QUOTE: If your dreams don’t scare you they are not big enough.
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