Dancehall Artist 1 Zeal aims to become one of the greatest in this ever-growing genre of music! Born Suh Chiazah Samuel in Douala, Cameroon, in the city of Bonaberi, music has always played an important role from his childhood days.
Since from his schooling years in Lycee de Deido, 1 Zeal and his friends would sometimes have freestyling sessions with the desks and a beatboxer providing the sound. With Sean Paul & Jay Z being an inspiration, 1 Zeal would display his skills to his friends and classmates with a unique style of delivery which earned him his stage name.
On his off days at School, he would venture out to different parts of the city where other local Artists would meet up and witness them performing live and also showcasing their talents.
One Zeal recorded his first solo songs titled “Face of Africa” and “Letter to Mandela ” in 2009 produced by Adah Akenji.With a talent for freestyling on Hip Hop beats and also a huge fan of Dancehall & Reggae music, 1 Zeal describes his style as ReHop Music, which is a fusion of Reggae and Hip Hop.
After High School, 1 Zeal attended the University of Douala where he studied Law and later relocated to Johannesburg to further his studies as a creative writer. With the location being a hub for Urban Music in Africa and where many Artists do get their start, 1 Zeal currently strives to make a name for himself from the City of Gold to the world at large.
In 2011, 1 Zeal was featured on the single “Can’t Take it Away” by Adolf Fayaman alongside the artist Denzyl now Ambe, which made it to number 3 on the Trace Africa Countdown.
The singer released his debut EP titled “The Lion Boy EP Vol 1” in 2014 and released his second EP called “The Lion Boy EP Vol 2” in 2016. He has worked in Studio sessions with artist like Yvonne Chaka Chaka, DJ Waxxy and Buffalo Souljah.
1 Zeal has taken his talents to the stage with his many performances around Johannesburg and Pretoria. With 4 years in, since the release of his first EP, 1 Zeal aims to give listeners quality music that will make it to the top charts both locally and Internationally.
He also promises to become a household name in the Urban Music scene and Dancehall in Particular. In present time 1 Zeal is promoting his upcoming debut single, “I Do”, produced by O’magic and distributed digitally by Zojak Worldwide, the world’s largest digital distributor of Reggae-Dancehall Music.
1 Zeal strongly believes that the main purpose of his music is to make people feel good and to add hope and a beautiful color to their day. Good music never dies, and he aims to have his music live forever.