By Nicholas Jason Lopez
After he served on the U.S. Navy as a way to thank the country for the opportunity for freedom, Gotaflika retired from active duty and focused solely on his music career, a move that has paid off big.
Fresh off the wave of hot singles like “African Child,” “Hello Mama” and “Psycho,” the pop reggae act has learned to not take success for granted. His stage name translates to “Go To Africa,” something he chose because it represents a migrant African and sees it as a beacon of hope for thousands of people back home.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with the musician – who has previously been featured on VH1 – about what he’s been up to lately and more, which you can check out below.
Music Bugle – What was the moment that made you want to become a musician?
Gotaflika – Since I was a child in Africa, I have always listened to songs on the radio and I enjoyed singing them. At the age of five, I used to have my sister and niece be my backup singer while performing new songs on the radio as people watched.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Gotaflika – Its uniqueness. No one else is doing the blend that I’m doing.
Music Bugle – What do you prefer – streaming services or CDs/vinyls?
Gotaflika – I prefer vinyls because they help artists to be more creative and spend time putting albums together. More hands get involved and create job opportunities too.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Gotaflika – I don’t have a specific artist or particular music I listen to because every genre means a lot to me, but as an African descent, I grew up listening to a lot of reggae music.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Gotaflika – Sometimes, I go to the beach or visit my family in Virginia.
Music Bugle – How were you affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Gotaflika – COVID-19 stopped me from touring and I had to restructure my plan of action.
Music Bugle – What does today’s music industry need more of?
Gotaflika – Music is always evolving. All the industry needs is authenticity.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Gotaflika – Social media is a great vehicle for music, but artists have to use it correctly.
Music Bugle – What’s the next step for your career?
Gotaflika – My next step is to keep recording great music and let people know who I am. Always growing.