TK ROMA SIDE: A PIONEER IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

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TK is the father of Zambian music production. He’s also known as the Dr. Dre and Timbaland of Zambia. He makes different types of beats — from Zed hip-hop to dancehall to R&B and afro. His sound quality is excellent, which is why most of the songs he produced over a decade ago still sound fresh. One would think TK uses some ‘secret software’ because his sound output is so different from what most new Zambian producers are bringing out, but he’s mentioned he just rewires Cubase, Reason, Fruity Loops and other software. TK was one of the first individuals to make a career out of music production in Zambia. He remembers that he made his first beat when he was 8-years-old in the 80s; that’s what happens when you have parents and siblings that support you to maximize your potential the first time they spot your passion, right?

TK started Romaside Studios with his brothers in Lusaka’s Roma township and established himself as a leading producer in 1998. Between 2000 and 2003 he produced hits like Alubusu’s “Bwela Panyumba,” MKV’s “Mai Junior” and “Msizani,” Master Flo’s “Chimatibaba” and “So Lucky” by Exile. TK also produced all the hit singles on the Nexus Music and Hot Top 10 Zed compilations of 2002 and 2004, respectively. After that, he produced artists like Kamaflage, The Third, Jimmy, Damiano, Shimpanzi and Hamoba. On record, TK has produced music for most big names in Zambian music. Owing to his success story, he has been hired to judge the biggest talent shows locally and internationally like Airtel Star Search, African Idols and Dreams Zambia between 2006 and 2015. Although TK is no longer based in Roma, his studio is still called Romaside. Thank you TK for being a pioneer and inspiring others to become producers.