I was born as Mustapha Bello in Edo State, Nigeria has a unique style and sound that captures the attention and liking of those in the United States and across the world. With his first love being music, T-Kross gained his passion for music at a young age by singing and playing instruments in his church choir.
Where is your biggest stage and who influenced you into music?
I have performed across the country from Texas to Michigan, New York and many states in between. Some of his most notable performances have been for the UN Women’s Cancer Foundation, Afenmai World Congress Convention, Haitian Flag Day Festival, and Afro-Beat Fest. T-Kross has also made international appearances performing in London and Canada. Along with producing quality, relatable music, T-Kross has become well known for his YouTube Series “T-Kross in America.” T-Kross has garnered over 300K views capturing his global audience with comedy, great music and a humble personality. As a singer/songwriter and actor T-Kross cites the likes of Blacky, Brian McKnight, and Michael Jackson as artists who influence his style of music. With his Nigerian culture, also comes the dance music that makes you move.
T-Kross obtained his first degree in Civil Engineering from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka in Anambra state than a second in Audio Engineering in the U.S. where he currently resides. Along with his passion for music.
How have you given back to society?
T-Kross makes it his mission to give back to his native country, by assisting students from his Alma Mater with financial assistance to complete High School. T-Kross also hosts an annual lunch, “Hands up for Mama,” in New York to show appreciation to women and mothers for Mother’s Day.
How many record deal? Which Nigerian Music king have you featured in your album so far?
In 2016T-Kross accepted a distribution and publishing deal by VPAL/VP Records for the single titled “Mama” making him a published artist. T-Kross has in his catalogue several singles with featured A-List artists including Tu Face on ‘’My Love Is True’’, Iyanya on ‘’Follow Follow”, Lamboginni on ‘’Gboko’’ and Oritsafemi on his previously released single ‘’Pepe-dem’. On September 21st T-Kross will release his debut album “Overseas”, a project with 10 new Afrobeat and R&B singles. No matter what side of the world you’re on T-Krosses style and sound resonates with any audience that loves great music!
Can you tell me how this virus and lockdown affected you?
It’s affected me in ways I never thought was possible. I’m home all day every day except I have to go to the store or something.
How have you been coping since?
I have been coping fine I’d say, even though I’m home, I have been very busy with school work since all classes got moved online.
What have you been doing since the lockdown?
I have been busy with recording and putting out episodes of my new show “Late Night With T-Kross “. This would have been a good time to shoot the second season of “T-Kross In America “ but we can’t because people are not supposed to be less than six feet to each other, so we are waiting for this to be over.
What have you learnt during this lockdown?
Lol, it’s very important to have savings, have different sources of income, stay in contact, and always have a plan for the future.
How have you supported during this period?
I have a great support system, plus the US government sent us cheques ($$$) so that also helped. My team members are family to me, so we are all doing great and looking forward to better days.
You can follow me on ig @iamtkross and also subscribe to my YouTube @iamtkross to watch full episodes of my shows.
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Source: chidima Tijani
Via: obaland magazine