Cee-Jay Besa: Musician-turned writer

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STARTING his music career in the church choir at Zaoga (Forward In Faith Ministries), competing at Starbrite and going through a massive metamorphosis from secular musician to gospel artiste, Cee-Jay Besa has seen it all.

STARTING his music career in the church choir at Zaoga (Forward In Faith Ministries), competing at Starbrite and going through a massive metamorphosis from secular musician to gospel artiste, Cee-Jay Besa has seen it all.

Living in the  United States, Cee Besa has turned his artistry into writing, not only songs but motivational books.

In July, Besa launched a motivational book titled Becoming the CEO of Your Life: Secrets To Exposing Your Hidden Potential.

As a novice in book writing, one would expect Besa to face a Herculean task making a mark in the market, but the story in his book will let him shine.

While Besa has to compete for space, there is a bright light for him and his effort. Like his music, he knows how to strike the right chords!

Besa is based in the United States, the land of opportunity and that has opened his eyes to educate others on how to live the life of a  CEO.

He exhorts readers to accept a mindset change and desist entertaining the mentality of an employee and target the stock exchange.

Besa paints a picture in which every day one confronts their life in a cerebral boardroom. In there, one takes decisions on the direction their lives will take, with the seriousness of Bill Gates or Strive Masiyiwa.

Where one’s life is not just a journey to a well chiselled gravestone with a few words of inspiration carved on it, but rather a serious experience that should be treated with the seriousness it deserves in order to achieve and live the ultimate fulfilling life.

Cee Jay said: “Through the years, I found myself taking part in talent shows and competing for prizes. I made Starbrite Talent show and various others and won several of them before becoming a professional and touring musician, and now am a writer encouraging others to be CEOs of their lives.”

Besa said his best moment so far has been having an opportunity to play at the Face of Zimbabwe show held at the Harare International Conference Centre in December 2012, alongside luminaries such as Ex Q, Stunner, Nox, Amarra Brown, Winky D and Sulumani Chimbetu.

I had always dreamed of playing at the HICC since I went to see the Bhundu Boys playing there on returning from the United Kingdom when I was a little boy. I’ve shared the stage with Lil Wayne, Red Rat, Bobby Valentino, Jagged Edge and 112, but this meant more to me,” he said.

Asked what his worst moment so far has been, Besa said:

“Failing to make to the roaster at Atlantic Records in 2006 when I was really trying to go professional with my production and music and the subsequent fall out of my Rudeboy Records team we had built till then.”

“After picking up the pieces, I started pursuing a solo career and never looked back. My current CD called Songs Of Praise is available for download and free for a limited time only.

Besa said he is going to launch his book in Harare next year.

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