Fans got to know New Bell’s jewel to the core through an intimate Twitter question and answer session with the hash tag #AskReniss where you could ask the star any question you fancied and she’d quote your tweet with a reply. I kept the tweets as original as possible so you feel the connection.
Fans: When is your birthday | how old are you?
Reniss: 24th April|32
Fan: Which part of Cameroon are you from|what’s your tribe/village?
Reniss: NW Region|Mankon
Fan: How many EPs and albums do you have?
Reniss: 2 albums and 5 Eps.
Fan: What’s your favorite @RENISS song?
Reniss: Damn, hard to choose
Fan: Are you your own song writer? If not who is?
Reniss: Yes, most of the times, but it doesn’t stop me from singing a song another composer has written. It’s always a pleasure.
Fan: Si tu pouvait faire un featuring avec l’artiste de ton choix, qui serait’il?
Fan: Which South African artist would you like to work with?
Fan: Fan de toutes tes coiffures, D’ou viens l’inspi? As tu un catalogue?
Reniss: Mon equipe et moi faisons beaucoup de recherche et comme nous visons a valoriser notre culture Africain, nous remontons parfois aux annees 60s, 70s, 80s… etc pour un caractere unique. Catalgue? Biensur.
Fan: What’s your inspiration?
Reniss: My environment, friends, family, fans and life in general.
Fan: Any projects we should watch out for
Reniss: Yes, I have a couple coming.
Fan: Other videos from the NZO album coming our way?
Reniss: Don’t think so… we instead have more projects coming your way.
Fan: pensez-vous que les Artistes Camerounais sont reconnu à leur juste talent, si non, what has to be done?
Reniss: Certains le sont, d’autres non, mais nos artistes au Cameroun, nous avons encores beaucoup de travail à faire. Certains entre nous font du single et nous oublions que nous devons avoir un catalogue en tant qu’artiste.
Fan: Who is your favorite African artist?
Fan: How many languages do you speak?
Reniss: 4 for now
Fan: How many languages/dialects do you use in #NZO? How was the learning process?
Reniss: Nzo has 5 languages..the learning process was interesting, especially with hausa, it took me 6hours to memorize 8lines and it was worth it.
Fan: I really liked commando how did it come about?
Reniss: It came from the heart, real life experience. I wrote this song few years back due to a distant relationship experience. I sang the melody to my producer and he was down with it, so we made a song out of it.
Fan: Sur ton morceau Miracle, tu dévoile tes qualités comme chanteuse Gospel. How religious are you and should we expect more gospel music from you?
Reniss: I can only tell you I believe in God and will always feel privilege to worship Him.
Fan : Qu’est-ce qui vous a amené à faire les choix artistiques que vous avez eu pour le dernier album qui sort tout droit des années 70-80?
Reniss: Au fils de temps, certains d’entre nous oublient notre culture et nos racines. Faire l’album “NZO” a été pour moi l’occasion de valoriser notre culture et de rappeler aux gens combiens il est important de connaitre ses racines et de rester toujours connecte.
Fan: Who are some of the artists you are working with?
Reniss: It’s a secret…
Fan: When are you dropping the song with PhillBill?
Fan: Why don’t you collaborate with other musicians except for those in New Bell Music?
Reniss: Well I do and more to that, I have to feel the connection. Collaboration is not a strategy in my world but a connection; a vibe. I have to feel that connectivity; it’s very important for me.
Fan: Why hasn’t it been possible seeing you on a collaboration with some female artists like Daphne, Blanche Bailly and more
Reniss: Cuz we haven’t done it yet
Fan: Why haven’t you done any international collabo?
Reniss: Working on it
Fan: Which artists frequent your playlist (local and foreign)
Reniss: Annie Anzouer, Tata, Jovi, Jhene Aiko, Wizkid, Rosalia… the list long eh
Fans: Apart from music what do you do to gain your life?
Fan: Apars la musique quel est ton passetemps?
Reniss: J’adore dessiner, concevoir des tenues est devenu une chose pour moi ces derniers temps, j’aime aussi cuisiner et parfois me tresser les cheveux aussi.
Fan: would you like to have a rich man for a boyfriend or a poor man?
Reniss: Already have a man. Love cannot be categorized though, Love a man for who he is (for being himself) not for money plz.
Fan: We would like to know who your guy is.
Reniss: we decided to keep it private
Fan: What’s your favorite sex position?
Reniss: Doggy style
Fan: Can you dance?
Reniss: Yes bruh!
Fan: What’s your favorite food to cook?
Reniss: Fufu and eru
Fan: When are you dropping the Next Big Thing?
Reniss: anytime soon.
Fan: Bonsoir la plus belle, just to know, are you a mum already?
Reniss: Not yet.
Fan: Are you engaged to any?
Reniss: Not yet but committed to one.
Fan: Your favorite football team?
Reniss: Indomitable lions
Fan: What is your hidden talent?
Reniss: Do you have one? Will love to know, cuz mine is not hidden.
Fan: African Queen what made love and decide to build a career in music?
Reniss: I was singing I my mother’s belly even before I could talk, I didn’t decide to build a career, music has always been part of me.
Fan: Who knows you the best?
Reniss: Close friends, relatives.
Fan: do you think they will be another version of you in the future music generation?
Reniss: Sure. There was, before me… and there will be, after me. Life is a cycle.
Fan: what musicians influenced you growing up in the music world?
Reniss: the list long oh; most of us grew up listening to what our parents used to play at home… so it’s a list of variety.
Fan: …Dans mami Nzo et Daddy Nzo, que signifient les paroles, je trouve les skits magnifiques, surtout Mami Nzo mais personne qui pourrait les traduire.
Reniss: Mami Nzo dit;
“Nous devrions travailler avant de mangernsi nous voulons rester heureux dans la vie”.
Daddy Nzo dons les conseils à sa fille qui est sur le point de commencer une nouvelle vie. Il dit “Nous devrions être gentils, sociables et toujours reconnaissants.
Fan: what is one message you would give to your fans?
Reniss: stay true to yourself and don’t forget you are the only entrepreneur of your life.
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