Thursday, February 17, 2011
Q: Quick intro please, where were you born, ethnic background and what types of modeling are your favorites? A: I was born in Ndola, on the 20th June, 1988. My dad is of Croatian heritage and my mom is from the Eastern province of Zambia. My favorite types of modeling are commercial modeling and fashion runway shows, though I am not tall enough to be fully accepted into that but I love it anyways.
Q: Did you always want to be a model, or did you stumble upon it, get discovered etc.? Who or what inspired you to become a model? A: I wouldn't say I always wanted to be a model but it’s something I've thought about. When I was younger, my mom would always enter my sister and I into competitions or fashion shows so from a very young age, I was exposed to the modeling world. My sisters actually encouraged me to start doing it and that's how I seriously started less than 2 years ago
Q: Who is your favorite designer, high-fashion model or celebrity? Why?
A: I would have to go with Tyra Banks, even though she does not do much modeling now she just had a strong and fun presence when she was on the runway.
Q: How would you describe yourself as human being in three words? A: Determined, strong and God-fearing
Q: Which ONE superpower would you choose to have? A: to have the ability to read people's minds
Q: What is your favorite part about your body? A: I like my lips
Q: What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about you? A: I ask the most unusual questions, it’s my way of knowing someone without them knowing what they actually just told me.
Q: What’s the funniest thing that happened to you on a photoshoot or fashion show? A: I almost fell whilst doing a fashion show
Q: What would you like to change about yourself if you can choose only one thing? A: I wouldn't want change anything honestly, God made me this way for a reason and I'm very happy
Q: Do you do any type of charity work? If not would you like to? and for what cause? A: I'm not involved in any charity work but would like to get into helping children that have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS and also create awareness on this.
Q: Would you share some of your future goals, your life motto, any words of wisdom that get you by in life and professional career? A: Wow... I have so many future goals, but my main goal is to own an airline one day.
I believe anything is possible and achievable with God by your side. I am such a risk taker, life is too short to always be living in your comfort zone, we don't know when we are going to die so we should utilise opportunities as they come.
Q: Tell us about your education? What languages do you speak? Have you attended fashion modeling courses? What courses have you taken? A: I have studied Information Systems and currently pursuing an education in Travel and Tourism. I speak English and Bemba.
Q: Why would you think you’re fit for being a model? A. I will go the extra mile most of the times. This industry requires you to go the extra mile if you want to have a successful career.
Q: What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progress in this field? A: I want to feature in a lot of high fashion magazines
The artist known as Elaka™ is a Zambian born singer, songwriter, actress, model, designer, and entrepreneur; quite a mouthful right? But this young pioneer leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the endless talent she possesses. Amongst her many talents her main love is music, it has always been Elaka’s dream to be able to write and perform her music. She says: “I feel like I come alive when I am either in the studio or holding that mic in front of an audience, it’s an exhilarating experience” With the fortunate heritage of being Zambian and the privilege of living in the UK, she gets the opportunity to experiment with her identity as a Zambian mixed with an English culture through her music.
Elaka does not like to be compared to other artists as she feels that each artist is unique in their creativity she says: “that’s what helps us maintain our individuality, I have a different vocal style, my range is vast it bridges 4 octaves but in most cases I like to keep it simple but interesting, I try not to limit myself or get pigeon holed, that just wouldn’t be me”. Her voice allows her the ability to experiment with various genres of music, and like her voice her sound is not genre specific either. She writes songs about her emotions and her life's journey, observations from others and her own personal experiences, and lets the sound take her wherever that emotion goes.
A lot of people are probably wondering who Elaka is, and where she came from. She has actually been around for a while, and has kept it reasonably low key in regards to her music. She used this time to nurture her talent and to learn more about the industry. This time also allowed her the opportunity to build up on her talents mentioned above. She is now a proud owner of a 2010 BEFFTA award winning branding and marketing company Effycom Productions www.effycomproductions.co.uk, a 2010 two time BEFFTA nominated Beauty Pageant Queen Of Zambia UK www.queenofzambiauk.co.uk which aids in promoting Zambians around the world and also help various charities in particular the ones in Zambia, a clothing line Elrhy Clothing and in 2009 was a cast member of the UK independent movie Find Her Keep Her. Before 2011 Elaka had the privilege of performing on the same stage as some of UK and Zambia’s top artists such as Sway, Devlin, Fumin, Chipmunk, Bashy, Omar, Shola Ama, Ghetts, Tinchy Stryder just to name a few; and from Zambia Mozegeta, K’Million, Petersen, Danny, Angela Nyirenda, MC Wabwino, the Late Lilly T and many more. She has also had the privilege of performing with the likes of Legendary Tony Hadley (of Spandle Ballet), Brenda Edwards (of Xfactor and Chicago fame), Duncan James from Blue, Omar, Shola Ama, Ghetts and Bashy.
With her promo single titled "I Can't Let You Go" soon to be released in March 2011 is looking very promising for Elaka. Her producer Gary Hutchins who is a music industry veteran, has worked with even bigger legends such as Bob Marley, Liza Minnelli, Shirley Bassey, Frank Sinatra just to name a few; he has accolades of awards in sell out gigs and platinum and gold plaques. It is safe to say that our Zambian born princess of alternative music is in safe hands. Having been hard at work with redefined fresh material for 2011, an EP release of her debut double A side single, which will be available for digital download is underway, and is scheduled for release in the spring of 2011. The track has already receiving great feedback from the UK and the rest of Europe. With a number of collaborations already in the pipeline with African and UK artists, it seems Elaka is the hot Afro/Euro artist to look out for in 2011.