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Apr 2017
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keisha monster

“When I first started out, being on stage was something I was doing out of passion. Regardless of whether people applauded or not."

"I wanted to put out a song every week. Satisfied by the fact that I was doing something I love. But immediately I got recognition for what I was doing and the grace I had on stage, and downloads increased exponentially, music become stressful and turned into something I was doing out of obligation. People wanted to control my image and sound. And it started to take away from my personality. And because I was so scared of being manipulated by fame, I started to run away from my talent. I literally stayed away from the studio for 9 months straight. I wanted to quit on many occasions.

I wanted to quit on many occasions...

I’ve seen what fame can do to people. Yes, it made them, but it also destroyed them. Even though I tried not to fall under its trappings, people around me just had this perception that that’s what I had become and begun to push me away. I’ve seen people fall in love with the fame; they get fed when people say their name on the streets, and get upset when someone doesn’t know who they are. I’m still struggling with people recognizing me on the street. I remember this one time where a total stranger asked me if I was Keisha, and I said no. We argued about it for five minutes straight. People say I’m afraid of being great, but I would say I’m afraid of being consumed by both fame and creativity to such a point where I stop being viewed as a human being but as an object.

....It was then that I saw firsthand the destructive nature of fame


Music wasn’t the only thing that added to me being popular. I also did vines. Some of the views on those used to exceed 32,000. People put them up on YouTube without my consent and were posting and sharing them all over the place. It was then that I saw firsthand the destructive nature of fame. I would be posting and uploading videos telling people not to waste their time, only to waste my time making those videos. Thinking of concepts of vines for days, and it never brought me any money. And you start asking yourself, are you doing this because you have something important that you want to put across or are you hungry for the fame and everything that comes from that. There’s a very thin line between being famous or influential and being a pain. I started becoming a pain at some point. I started saying things just for the sake. Things that had no personal value, but just because someone texted me saying talk about this and that.

Fame is not something that you can walk into casually

Fame is a ‘monster’ or rather an influence that needs to be tamed. A good example is Pompi, who I think handles fame quite well. He doesn’t let it get to his head. I think he’s mastered the art of being himself. For me it took a while to realize that whether people pay attention to me or not, I’m still Keisha the Black Rose. Whether people recognize my art or not. I learnt the hard way. I learnt from running, to crying, to quitting—that Fame is not something you give to a child. You have to choose whether you want to be the young you or the influential you. There times I want to be a kid and share something that made me laugh, but you know since I’m ‘there’, people won’t approve. You have to watch your image and what you share, because they’re people out there listening and watching that you secretly mentor. Fame is not something that you can walk into casually. It’s difficult to be yourself and have people understand you for who you are. It’s a responsibility” -Keisha

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