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HPS music goes Romantic on Valentines Day!

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How would you describe yourself?

My full name is Helder Pedro Salazo. Hence the artist name (HPS). It is actually just an abbreviation of my real name.

Currently 25 years old and born in Angola. Capital Luanda and to be precise in the district of Ingombota. As a child, together with my father and two older brothers I fled from Angola to the Netherlands in 2000. At that time I was 6 years old. I then lived in several refugee camps. We fled to the Netherlands from Angola for political reasons and because we were not safe at the time. I grew up with different cultures and religions. This has also formed me as a human being, which makes me open-minded and not easily startled or amazed.

“I have lived in different refugee camps for 6 years.”

In total I have lived in different refugee camps for 6 years. The situation at the time has formed me as a person. I always try to get the most out of things and am convinced that you can achieve more through positive energy and faith. That period also ensured that I, as an artist, can now create and establish my own identity. To explain this I have never actually had a home where I could settle. Because of this, I actually turned into a spider in the web and can adapt to any situation like a chameleon. If you listen carefuly you will be able to hear that versatility in my music.

Especially with the material that I have now prepared ” It’s all that ” I have a total of three brothers, one sister and one older half-sister. at the moment I live in the city of Utrecht. Music does not really live here like in the big cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. This offers me opportunities so that I can also put Utrecht on the map and represent.

What inspires you to make music?

The music that I make is mainly inspired by real life events. E.g. the things that I experience which linger in my heart or thoughts that I save. It could be about a nice house party, a nice woman, a certain drink, etc. It could be that I am going to write about it immediately or later in time.

I prefer not to write about negative events, but have noticed that it is liberating when you put it on paper. As a child I was always crazy about Micheal Jackson he definitely influenced my songs. MJ is was a complete artist for me. Singing, dancing, creativity, such a real performer. I also like to listen to music with a message in it.

“I wrote the song within half an hour.”

What other hobbies do u have besides making music? 

Besides making music. I play soccer and I occasionally go to the gym to keep myself fit.

We know that u also like to dance: do you have any footage where we can see you dance? 

” Hahaha ” funny that you ask this question. I myself have nothing on Youtube or something, but the people who know me probably have footage of me. There was a time when I often danced at parties where I was filmed by people and friends of mine. I do have a few films in my gallery. Perhaps it is an idea to make a compilation of it and drop it.

Your new single is out! What was your main reason to make this song?

The story behind this song is quite funny. Like I said most of the tracks I create are based on real life events. Formerly in high school they always called me an undercover lover, because I was one step ahead of everyone. I could always kept my relationships low-key for a while. When I met a woman who could mentally and physically feed me, I was inspired to write undercover lover. I think I wrote the song within half an hour.

Newest video dropped on Valentines day ft. Goon maan

How was the process of making this video?

It did take some time, because the featured artist ” Goon Maan ” does not live here in the Netherlands but Germany. He came to the Netherlands twice. the first time it went completely wrong, because the images were not good. The cameraman who had to film it was ill and we had to arrange someone urgently for that day. After the shoot we watched the images but we were dissatisfied, so we decided to delete everything and to film again. The second time it went better because the original cameraman was available again. In total it took the crew four days to record everything properly, during which we also shot one day in Belgium. The images may look summery but it was really super cold, especially the basketball shoot in Belgium.

Can we expect a tour or other appearances from you on parties or event?

When my first single ” Hennessy ” came out, I did a number of gigs. I myself did not expect that I would be booked so often with one single girth. For the upcoming singel I already have a performance on the 23rd in Utrecht. For the rest I will perform at a number of private parties. I do not have high expectations because I have been out for a while. but you never know, maybe I will be surprised. Should it be that there are no performances this year. Then I also take pleasure, because the focus this year is on releasing new music. However, I can already tell you that there is a chance that I will perform at a festival.

What is your all time favorite song?

I can not come up with a song now, because I am a too much of a lover of music. There are countless of classics. But if I had to mention one, I’d say ” Thriller ” by Micheal Jackson.

Tupac or Biggie?

To be honest, I have received little from these two legends. But I have to say that Tupac has a slight advantage. Because his music is not only strong in content but also catchy in terms of vibe, emotion and it has a message. Biggie is more of a word magician in my opinion.

When can we expect new songs from you?

If I have to count the release of a clip. I would say within now and 2 / 3 months and I will try to continue the streak for this year.

Where can we find you?

Facebook: Hps Messias

Instagram: Hps.Music

Snapchat: Hps.Music

What do you think of a platform that supports mainly people of color and melanated people? 

I think it’s a super strong initiative. This is because there are few opportunities for melanin artists or entrepreneurs in the industry. You also have colored writers or actors who do not have a platform.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?


Before I say anything, I want to emphasize that God is the one who knows where I will be in five years time. But with God’s will I will see myself being crowned as the Afro king of the Netherlands within 5 years. By that time I also have international collaborations with the big boys in the scene. I also want to be known in Angola within 5 years. How I get there is not clear but I will find a way, because who seeks shall find.

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AFIA is a singer-songwriter living in the Netherlands with roots From Ghana. AFIA means Friday, the day ..she was born.

She prides herself carrying this name as her artist name, as she carries her heritage with pride. She is an advocate of promoting your true and pure self, unapologetically. And this includes, using your native name.

Her music has always been her outlet, where she expressed her thoughts about healing and resistance against racism & sexism.

She wrote her song Determined in april 2020, shortly after lockdown started. Little did she know that within the next 3 months, the world would be going through a revolution, with the Black lives Matter movement taking over the world. All while giving us a flashback in time, back to the civil rights movement in the USA in the times of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. But this time it became a worldwide movement!

The message in her song, couldn’t be any more relevant for today as it is now!

Her goal with this song is to empower people to be Determined in succeeding in their wildest dreams and to not wait for a seat at the table but to create their own table!

Put yourself first and create your own destiny and be DETERMINED!

DETERMINED,  a published piece straight from the heart. For everyone who is systemically facing resistance: may it be your anthem, may you dwell in it, may you wrap these words around you like a cloth of protection. I am proud of you, you are amazing, happiness is for you and you deserve all the love that is coming to you! You will get there. Stay determined, loves. ♥️” – AFIA

Follow AFIA on Instagram: @afiaxhealing

 

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