It is truly challenging to describe my music in words as it is more that mere words which lack the ability to communicate the deeper meaning of what I want I intend saying. Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain untold”, these are the words spoken by PJ Mussungo.
To be a musician and a CEO of a renowned music label brings with it lot of challenges as well as the opportunity to grow and enhance ones creative skills. PJ Mussungo is the CEO of Befo Music and he hails from Angola, an African country which was dominated by civil war which displaced civilians from 1975 to 2002. He believes that through music he is able to express his views and ideas about what is happening to other people and around the world. Mussungo conceded that his inspiration for music came about seeing the way people live and conduct themselves on a daily basis. He, however, ascribed his creative process of writing music by observing people and learning from what is happening around them as an inspiration to his creative self.
Like most musicians that we know in Africa as well as internationally, PJ acknowledges that he collaborates with other musicians in order to produce the music which he is sure to touch the feelings of music lovers. The two musician that he closely work with when producing his music are Richard Bona and Lokua Kanza who are both from his country, Angola. PJ Mussungo’s collaboration with the duo is because they possess unique skills of playing the instruments and their unique way of mixing traditional and contemporary cultures together.
It is interesting that artists and/or musicians have specific places and venues that they dream of performing from one day. PJ Mussungo’s favourite venue which he has dreamt of playing from is “Appollo”, which is accessible to people from all walks of life. During the time of our interview, PJ was confidently boasting about his acquired skills of both playing and singing at the same time.
Even though PJ Mussungo appeared to be very reserved during the interview I was dumbstruck by the confidence he had shown when speaking about his favourite performance which was in DRC at Pan-African Festival (“FIET”), whereas his worst performance was in Luanda-which was marred by the “sound which was very bad”. I think I learnt a lot from that experience, and I do not believe that I would want to find myself in the same situation as before, said PJ!! Music is my trade and should not be compromised as that can completely destroy all the trust that one has built from the few supporters.
Discipline, hard work and consistency in what one does is of utmost importance when one is to succeed with music as a career. You don’t just wake up and “boom”, everything is perfect, but there is a price to be paid and the main one is to be committed to the trade. “Love what you do and enjoy it as that is the only way that will lead one to the path to success”