Rebecca Zama, is one of the most talented upcoming artists I believe in the Haitian industry. For the past few months I’ve been following her every move on social media and one thing I can say that there is a lot of talent within her. Her voice is so sweet and soft, but yet powerful. Sometimes I find myself getting lost in her voice, while listening to her sing on Instagram. I was surprised when I found out that she was graduating high school when I interviewed her, because as you can see she looks so mature. From what I can see and tell Rebecca Zama, is remaining so humble through the whole process of her gaining so much fame and notoriety. I can’t wait to see how far, her gifts will take her. Also, I love how she continues to incorporate her culture within her art. Stay tuned to see more from this beauty in the years to come. I hope that through this interview y’all can learn more about her and appreciate her journey. Xoxo
So tell us who Rebecca Zama is ? How would you describe yourself?
I am an artist in all senses of the word. I am a singer, songwriter, recording artist, pianist, performer, poet, dancer, and actress. The arts are my passion. I am an artist with a purpose to leave the world better than I found it and to be a positive force. My biggest passion is music, I’ve been singing since age 4 notably all around Massachusetts. I pride myself in being a versatile musician, as a lover of music I’m constantly singing in different genres but my main ones are R&B and Zouk.
What has inspired you to become a singer? Was it a song or an artist?
My mom support inspired me to sing but I was always passionate about music and that’s what pushed me to sing. I never would have cultivated my passion if it weren’t for my mother and her encouragement to pursue it.
If you weren’t a singer, what it is you would be doing in life?
Honestly it’s hard to imagine what I’d be doing if i didn’t have music in my life. But I have always been interested in diplomacy. I would love to be a diplomat: an ambassador or a delegate at the United Nations.
If I’m correct you are “American-Haitian” by that I mean you were born and raised in the US. Why embracing that culture in your career. What make you decided from the get go to always make sure everyone know you as that?
Again I have to give a lot of the credit to my mother. She instilled Haitian pride into me. I’ve been going to Haiti frequently since I was young and I’ve gotten to understand the true meaning of being Haitian. I’m so proud of my Haitian heritage. I’m actually also Haitian citizen, I have dual citizenship. I believe Haiti is such an amazing country, rich in culture and history and I am so proud to belong to it. I love for the whole world to see the beauty that comes from our country. Being Haitian is a huge part of my identity, it has shaped who I am today, so I think it’s crucial for me to share it loud and proud with the world.
What inspires you in life ?
My mother is my biggest inspiration. I’ve always admired her for coming from nothing and becoming somebody. She followed her dreams achieved her goals just by being persistent and not setting any limits upon herself. she rose despite adversity and she’s one of the most hard-working and humble people that I know and I aim to be just like her.
I saw a picture of your graduation on Instagram. Tell us more about that ( eg. what’s next) . I am always curious to know how people manage school with such a demanding job.
Yes I graduated high school this year in the fall. I will be an upcoming freshman at Suffolk University in Boston. Ever since I was little I’ve been performing so I’ve grown accustomed to balancing school with my career, so that’s not an issue for me. I’m excited for what’s to come.
What was your first job? How would you say it have prepares you in a way for this career ?
My first job was being a musician. Most of shows that I do or pro bono but once I started to get paid, music became an official job. I also teach at the Everett Haitian Community Center in Massachusetts providing workshops for the students who are learning English, helping them with pronunciation and vocabulary that are important for day-to-day life. It was helped me know my worth and to see what an impact I can have on other people and that in general people value me as a person
How would you say things has change from when you started until now? What have you learn ?
I think I’ve grown and matured over the years and now people understand that music is really my passion and that my career is serious. On a personal level I have just continued to gain confidence. My passion and my hunger to succeed have only intensified. I’ve learned that I have to be independent and that I can only count on myself and that I need to give all of me to my career.I’ve learned from all of my experiences and I use all of the trials and tribulations that I have faced to improve my craft.
Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
I see myself working just as hard as I do now and getting closer and closer to my goals.
What makes you decide to participate in Miss Teen international? How has been the experience so far ?
I did it for the experience and for the opportunity to represent my country. It’s been a really great experience so far, I’m having a lot of fun as Miss Teen Haiti International 2016.
What are the humanitarian works you do. Do you have something specifically you hold dear to your heart ?
I’ve been volunteering since a young age. In 2012, I created a non-profit organization with the help of my family called the Foundation to Help Youth of L’Asile, Haiti, we provide enrichment programs for youth of the region.
I saw that you perform with Rutshelle ( I LOVE her as an artist). How would you describe the experience.
I love her too!! She’s so amazing and just such a sweet person in general. As an artist I really respect her and I love her style. Being able to perform with her was such an amazing experience and I’m so thankful. We have fun when we perform with each other, it’s all love.We both have soulful voices and it’s great to have another female artist out there I can relate to.
Have you been able to perform with other artists that you admire?
Yes! I performed with the legendary Alan Cave live at his show in Switzerland, and it was such an amazing experience. He’s an amazing performer and I loved every second on stage with him. I had the chance to open for Carimi and Phyllisia Ross, which were also really memorable experiences, and their support and encouragement means the world to me.
How does your parents feel about this ? Would you say they are your main supports?
I’ve mentioned my mom a couple times already and my mom is my biggest supporter, fan, and motivator.she is definitely my main supporter and she’s also my rock my mom has supported me since day one and has an unconditional belief in my passion and in my career I wouldn’t be where I am today without her.
How do you manage to deal with the hate that comes with the job ?
Honestly in life we will always encounter negativity no matter what we do. I’m blessed because I really haven’t received any hate; I think what makes my career so special is that I have been surrounded by love and support by basically everyone that I meet. I’m always open to constructive criticism because it helps me improve. I don’t pay attention to negativity, I choose to live positively and I choose to be happy so I just let the negativity slide by me.
What’s your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to ?
Paris, France. It’s such a beautiful city, I love it so much. I could even see myself living there.
How do you feel now that you have other young girls looking up to you ? What does it means to you ?
It’s a surreal feeling but it’s really gratifying to know that I can serve as an example for other girls. It means the world to me. I feel honored when a girl tells me that she looks up to me because I’ve always wanted to have that kind of positive effect on people.
Besides singing what are you passionate about ?
I am passionate about dance, theater, poetry, humanitarian work, and soccer!
As we coming to an end of our interview, do you have any last advice or other things you would like to share with my readers?
I guess I’d like to close by saying that if you have a passion, please pursue it and share it with the rest of the world! And if you’re out there right now trying to be successful in your career I know it’s hard but keep fighting because in the long run all that effort is so worth it.
Thank you to the beautiful Rebecca for allowing me to feature her in my blog. I enjoyed doing the interview, I am also grateful , she allow me to interview her .
Here is how you can stay in touch with her: Inatagram: @rebecca.zama; Facebook : Rebecca Noelle Zama ❤️
Lady Sergine 🌹💋