Name: Confidence Survival Eyong
Recognized Origin: Cross Rivers State, Nigeria.
Rooted Origin: Uturu, Homo Erectus
Current Location: Ottawa, Ontario. Canada.
Recent Release: Confidence is Key Album
Project Recognized Genre: Reggae
Project Rooted Genre: Sankofa
Label: Black Starliner Studios (Independent)
Project Influences: The Garvey Trinity (Marcus Mosiah, Amy Jacques & Amy Ashwood), Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Nina Simone
Music Delivery Sound Alike: Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Queen Omega, Queen Ifrica, Duane Stevenson, Stephen Marley, etc.
Confidence Survival Eyong
Canada based - Nigerian Sankofa artist Confidence has been honing her skills working tirelessly on the recently released "Confidence is Key" album since 2018. Originally a singer-songwriter, Confidence blended her music with her administrative skills bringing about a perfect union of her two passions. Her experience in the field during the creation of the project allowed her to introduce more elements into the union which enabled her to fully explore directing and producing, therefore oversee and make the best out of the project.
At the time, she worked with one of Ottawa's best audio engineers - Mitch Stone at Black Starliner Studios, from whom she comprehensively picked up all she could on sound production. This was due to her undisputed dedication to the project. Being present every second of the way and giving her undivided attention to the audio production stage, she was able to extend the range of her talents even further, leading to her soon achieved titles - music director, producer, senior administrator & junior audio engineer.
Her writing was inspired by the life journey of The Mighty Trinity (Marcus Mosiah, Amy Jacques & Amy Ashwood Garvey) and other revolutionaries who made an impact on how Kush is perceived today and the fight that got them there. Musically, she was influenced by Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Vybz Kartel amongst others in the delivery.
So making her way into the Jamaican music production industry was not far-fetched and was in fact what she needed to make her sound match the delivery. Working in collaboration with Grammy award winning Gregory Morris & Rohan Dwyer from Jamaica through Black Starliner Studios, it doesn't get much better than that.
Black Starliner Studios, facilities and people around it showed Confidence a lot about herself and gave her the experience and facilitation she needed to take on the music world. Her dedication to everything she finds herself in is unfathomable. Starting off as a secretary to the senior administrator of the company, she was able to work herself up to taking on the company administration fully and managing day-to-day operations while simultaneously working on the project. She says:
Growing up an actively participating christian for the most part of her life, it was difficult at first, yet awakening to find knowledge that majority of Kush aren't aware of, due to colonization in relation to the present educational systems. Confidence realized that the fight for Mental Liberation was majorly a diaspora mindset.
This played a huge part in getting full support from her family, being that she dropped out of university to pursue music. As a matter of fact, she was able to awaken her parents into seeing the reality of self-reliance (entrepreneurship) and convinced them that she would use her 1 year tuition to improve the family. Since then, her driving force has been to awaken the minds of Global Kush and she says: