Before we even get anywhere, we need to tell you Jaleel is here to stay. The 20 year old will be dropping his studio album before the year ends and we can’t wait. With his refreshing sound, style sense and understanding of branding Jaleel is definitely one we should pay attention to.
We find out a little more about him in this short interview.
So who is Jaleel?
My full name by birth is Ian Jaleel Brendell (Age 20), better known by my stage name Jaleel. The definition of my stage name is simply to be GREAT. I was born and raised in Windhoek the capital city of Namibia. I’ve been making music for more than a decade now specifically focusing on bringing great R&B with an Urban twist to Africa. I am currently signed to the record label Ogopa Butterfly, where I am working on my first studio album. The album will be released later in 2016. My first single ‘Deuces’ was Nominated for the ‘Best Non-Album Single’ at this years 2016 Namibian Annual music Awards, where I also performed along side LMPC. My second single‘Hood Party’ was released not long after.
When did it all start?
I started making music when I was 9 years of age (2005) and I left the underground music scene when I released my first official single ‘Deuces’ in February 2016. From the very first time I heard music,I felt a very strong connection to it, but the thought of making my own had not sunk in at that time. In 2005 when I turned 9 years of age, Chris Brown released his first Album and that album helped me discover my singing and song writing abilities.
When did you decide that this was what you wanted to do?
I’ve always wanted to make music and build a career on it, but i did not know where and how to start. The moment that started it all for me, and gave me the confirmation was when Ogopa Butterfly approached me in (2014) to sign with them. At that moment I knew that I really wanted to pursue music to the core.
What would you want people to get from your music?
I want people to get to know me through my music. When I write and produce music, I make sure that the sound side of things will always lift someone’s spirit and at the same time write songs that anyone can relate to.
What do you feel about the music industry in Namibia?
The Namibian Music Industry is great. It’s rapidly growing and is surely working its way up to bigger and better things.
What do you appreciate and what would you take away?
Talk to us about albums?
Talk to us about “Block Block”?
What can we look forward to?
Definitely be expecting my Album (Ever Sins Eve).
Quick Fun Qs
Who like in ever would you like to work with? at least top 3? In Namibia and Internationally
First and foremost, I would definitely like to work with Chris Brown, Drake & Donald.
What are you listening to right now?
Who would you cast as the lead girl in your next music video, if you could pick anyone in the world? Anyone!
Definitely Nangula Nanyemba
They both ask you to feature on a song, you can only pick one, who do you pick?
Rihanna or Nicki Minaj
Whose wardrobe would you raid?
Kanye West or Chris Brown
You definitely need to check out what Jaleel has put out so far:
He recently dropped a new video titled Wella featuring LMPC, check it out too:
Don’t forget to keep up with Jaleel on Twitter