Swakopmund-based musician Adolf Kaure better known in the music fraternity as Aye-F4r recently released his latest single titled “Champion”.
Speaking to unWrap.online in an exclusive interview Aye-F4r explained the concept of “Champion” a song which he collaborated with Yung Kavin, which is available on online music platform Donlu Africa.
“The song is for everyone going through issues in their lives. It reminds the listener that whatever burden you carry, let our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ carry it for you because that is how you can become a champion. Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins so that we can become champions because he is the champion of champions and the Lord of lords. I rap about how I overcame my battles and want others to also be champions like me,” said Aye-F4r.
The gospel rapper who was born in Otjiwarongo further narrated how he ended up recording the jam with Yung Kavin.
I received a few beats from my good friends Dewi Mukumbo who is a beatmaker and producer better known as J.U.Ice and when I played, it I started freestyling. I wrote my verse and loved it, then I called up my friend Yung Kavin, whom I like to refer to as the ‘Ghetto Hero’. I told him that I found this killer beat and it suits his voice and rapping style, that’s when I went to the studio and we recorded this hit,” he said.
The mixing and the mastering of the track were done by Coastal Army’s Ally the Mini King. According to the “Dreams” hitmaker, who is also an afro-centric and conscious poet, his music is there to glorify God.
“Every single thing that is on earth was created by God. When you read the book of Genesis, it says that God created everything and that he was pleased with it, however somehow, the devil tries to pervert everything God created.”
“Music was created by God so that we can worship and praise God through it. That is why my music is for his glory. This music is there to help people who are not yet born again Christians and who don’t have a personal relationship with God to get an opportunity to make that decision to follow him,” said Aye-F4r.
He further explained how he came up with the stage name Aye-F4r.
“When I started rapping in 2000 in my grade 8 years at Namib High School in Swakopmund, I was known as Eazy-Aye. I took part in talent shows and also recorded with my friends in a group known as Ghetto Family.”
“As time went on I started being involved in poetry more than rap music, however when I gave my life to Jesus Christ in 2010, my gift re-emerged as I started freestyling to beats that had on my computer and taking part in the weekly show known as Verbalise at UNAM.”
“I changed my stage name it Aye-F4r because of my love poetry as most poetry is written on paper and the standard size of a page is A4. The other meaning of Aye-F4r is the relationship I have with the trinity (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit), so the three of them added to me make up the four and I added that to the first letter of my name being A,” he said.
Musicians who inspired him to do music include Shikololo, Kapital K, Sho Baraka, Da T.R.U.T.H, Lauryn Hill and Bob Marley.
Kaure hinted that he would release his second mixtape later this year but was tight-lipped about the title of the mixtape and which artists he is working on for the project.
“I will probably release a few more singles and record a few music videos. So far I have really received good feedback from the industry for my track ‘Champion’. Everyone wants to listen to it and even some famous musicians are Whatsapping me asking for the track.”
“Video directors have approached me and advised me to do a video for the track because they believe it’s a banger. We’ll see what the future holds because I will do anything to get the gospel message of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to the masses,” said Aye-F4r.
His biggest challenge includes being shunned by fellow musicians who felt that they were too good to work with him.
“I had to re-record an entire song that I did with a particular artist who felt like they didn’t want their vocals associated with me even after we agreed to do the song together. They told me not to release it. I was shocked and had to quickly learn the reality of this industry I find myself in and that not everyone is your friend.”
“I had to also learn to teach myself certain skills on my own because I use my talent to make a difference in society and not to make money. I, however, wish that a small music industry like the one we have can unite so that we bring about the change in society that we want to see with this powerful universal language known as music,” he said.
Aye-F4r started his musical journey when he was 13 years old. He has sung in the Westside High School Choir and continued his love for choral music as he joined the Namib High School Choir under the guidance of the late Ena Venter during his high school years.
Under the great leadership Bonnie Pereko, he was the second bass in the UNAM Choir for four years which included a memorable joint concert with the University of Cape Town in 2012 in South Africa.
He started rapping in 2000 under the pseudonym Eazy-Aye as he took part in talent shows at his former school Namib High School. During his tenure at UNAM, the abstract intellect rapper with inventive punchlines took part in freestyling platform known as Verbalize and subsequently released his debut mixtape titled The Blood of the Lamb in 2013. Aye-F4r, who is also an Afrocentric and conscious poet has plans of publishing his poems in a book very soon in order to share his creative mind.
He encouraged upcoming artists to be authentic and to learn the business side of music.
His single “Champion” can also be streamed and downloaded for free on other online platforms like Soundcloud(https://soundcloud.com/fo4r/champion-featuring-yung-kavin), Reverbnation (https://www.reverbnation.com/ayfo4r/song/31570505-champion-featuring-yung-kavin-prod?source=artistProfile) and Audiomack (https://audiomack.com/song/adolf-kaure/champion/).