EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BERI BERI CROONER “DENCIA” – HOW I LOST MY VIRGINITY

Dencia "Beri Beri" Video Shoot at AZ Studio in Los Angeles on September 1, 2011

Dencia is the African version of Lady Gaga. Crazy and controversial, she opened up to Gbenga Shabba of YES! Magazine on her affairs with Bill Gates, 50Cent, Chris Brown and Romance with Banky W, how she lost her virginity, planned to commit suicide and a lot of other breath-taking issues. Enjoy…

How did you start your musical career ?

This question never gets old does it? (laugs) it actually started in October 2011. That was when I released my first single ‘beri beri’ and its video in Nigeria it was a monster hit, first saw it on Soundcity.

What are some of your childhood dreams?

To be a top entertainer. I’ve always been that ambitious girl and people think I am funny which is true anyway, but singing has been the main thing for me although I didn’t start until last year but I think I started at the right time. God’s time is the best.

Would you say you have been able to achieve them?

Yes I have. God is amazing you know I grew up in Cameroon with my maternal grandparents? Now when I talk to childhood friends they remind me I always told them I will be hanging with Hollywood stars and all that which is true and I have worked so hard towards this dream and I can’t stop thanking God the best is still to come I know it.

What were you doing before you discovered your talent in music?

I have always known music was it for me but I needed the right time to get it out. While preparing for my big break, I was a designer, student, stylist, model and actress. I was doing it all. I did a lot of behind the scenes work and got a lot of experience which was amazing. I co-direct my videos, style myself and my dancers.

How did you come about the name Dencia?

My name is Reprudencia so my DJ friend, famous DJ Syncity and I were picking names and since my younger friends while in school always called me Dencia. It was just a nice name plus it’s been part of me for ever and DJ Syn who’s been in the business in America for a while knows more so I trusted her.

From California with the likes of 50cent and Chris Brown. How was the experience like?

It’s just normal for me,I have literally hung out with everyone I have met from Bill Gates to Oprah’s so it’s like whatever, where i have had humbling experiences was when I first met Christina Millian and she came to my house we hung out chatted, it was like wow I use to watch her on TV and now she’s in my living room. i went to a Clive Davis party and he singled me out n told me I am supposed to be on a stage. George Clooney told me I look super hot and so on. Chris brown is amazing so is 50cents who is a straight up fool he is so funny like if you hang out with him, you will literally laugh all through its fun. It’s normal it’s chill you know…

Outside Nigeria, who was the greatest musician u ever worked with?

Depends on what type of work. I have designed for Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Christina Milian, Keyshia Cole the list goes on and on. I have featured in major videos with the likes of 50cent, Jeremiah, Chris Brown, Hollywood undead the list goes on.

How many tracks have you produced up to date?

I actually have over 10 tracks but, its a strategic thing, releasing music is strategic you know? Its like when I need to do my American debut it’s a different type of song, my French debut different and so on.

Which of the tracks brought you out to limelight?

Beri Beri was my first Single. Although I think it my weakest song but people loved it. It was my first official African release

How was it like working with Ghanian’s Sarkodie on your new single Me and U?

I think Sarkodie did an amazing job on Me & U. Its actually my favourite. I love it.

What was going through your mind when you wrote it?

The song was done when I was in a place where I was planning on things I’m going to do with someone (laughs) I think music is good when it’s something you are feeling. I really appreciate Sarkodie and I love it.

People believed that work was dedicated to Ghanian footballer, Michael Essien who showed public affection to you. How true is it?

The person knows himself I won’t drop names, but I think he knows because I told him and thanked him for being an inspiration and for putting me in a position where I created a record that a girl can let lose and have a great time with her man (covers face) unfortunately for me I never practised it. I just sang it while preparing to do it! Which never happened and it doesn’t mean it wasn’t gonna happen.

How true is it that you snatched him from Ghanian actress, Nadia Buari?

Snatched who? What? Huh? Really? Besides who’s Nadia and who did I snatch from her? Me and she who ain’t no snatcher? (Laughs) I get snatched up (laughs) seriously! it’s not that serious I didn’t snatch nobody and no one gets snatched if they don’t want to be snatched in generally not this situation though every situation.

What is the truth about your romance with Banky W ?

Banky W what, who? ..excuse me ain’t got time for that .. That rumor is so throw back like it came like when Abacha was military president. No comment really on it.

Why have you found it so difficult to settle with a man?

laughs. This question should be directed to men not me Dencia .. And the last time I checked (laughs) hello! hmmmmm (coughs)

What should we be expecting from you later this year?

I am releasing new music in like 2 seconds been working on different genres of music exploring different things, new producers, co-writing with others I think it’s going to be amazing. I sing in French too which is exciting I am doing Coupe de’cale, straight up Pop like house shit, Afro Pop, Makossa then I do a little listening session to pick my new singles. I haven’t dropped anything since Me & U.

Why? What happened?

Been sick, been performing. I am ready to drop hot new music, sexy new videos its long over due the year can’t end without me giving you all some good Dencia music and video. i am stoked and that’s my main focus I need to take over.

You’ve got your own fashion label and you always look amazing. Would you say you are fashion obsessed?

I live for fashion in fact I love it. My line comes out soon I will venture into different things fashion wise I just want everyone to look fabulous I want them to look amazing. You can’t catch me not dressed up in my heels and fab clothes its like it just happens.

What do you think about other industry female artists. Who are you competing with?

I am my only competitor. I look in my mirror and all I see is me Dencia no one else. I belong to more than one industry and I applaud all the ladies and what they’re doing like its amazing there’s space for everyone and we need to be a better sisterhood like the Boyz it doesn’t mater who sings better or has more fans its about being a sister hood you know together we can move mountains. It’s a new era new generation speaking for myself we are young and fabulous lets give the world what it needs.

Why do you always like to flaunt your sexuality, most especially your well rounded breast?

How do you flaunt something that’s right there on every woman’s chest? How do I hide it? why should I? i’m a woman meaning I am sexy naturally like every woman I don’t need to flaunt it I just do me.

What attracts you to men?

Hmmm! Great question ..Well let me name a few guys I have a little tiny bitty little tiny bitty of an ounce of a little crush on or had on and you will tell me what attracts me. Balotelli and Cristiano Ronaldo
And I like mikel Obi’s little smile. I know I am going to hell for this and I will be the locker room conversation but who cares? and having a little crush doesn’t mean I wanna date them though don’t get it twisted.

Are you also waiting for Mr. right?

No I am waiting for Mr left (laughs)

At what age did you lose your virginity?

This is personal and for the young girls reading this it happened when I was independent living on my own out of my parents house. Its important to be ready I was an adult so take your time don’t rush. You are not missing anything at all. As a matter of fact December 2013 will be two years since I have been practising celibacy and its amazing. I have got no worries. I have dated, but never got sexual. So you know you can date, be in love and be happy without sex.

What was the experience like?

The experience was personal.

How did you eventually lose your virginity?

(laughs) same way you lost yours (did u lose yours yet?) how every body does it. when you let someone put their Ding Ding in your pim pim (laugh) well that’s what I know maybe there’s other methods I didn’t know.

What would you say is your unique selling point?

I will definitely say me Dencia I can’t be anyone but me. I am Dencia I am unique that’s my selling point.

What was the most crazy thing you ever did?

When I tried to commit suicide looking at it I feel stupid and dumb and I laugh at myself because there’s not worst than trying to commit suicide and you didn’t die. I took pills, I was 14 I was sick for a month my head was feeling heavy like I couldn’t even get off my bed. But I realised we have a purpose on earth and life is too sweet to die thou.

What actually happened that made you attempted suicide?

The stupid reason somehow was just because I had to go and stay with my uncle for the summer for being too stubborn. I just consider myself a crazy teenager then thou.

Who is the man in your life?

God is the one. I love Him. like, I’m in love with Him.

How have you been able to keep your body hot and sexually attractive all the time?

Well I don’t know o. I just do me really I wasn’t the one that kept my body I think my body keeps me.

How do you feel being compared to American Lady Gaga?

I feel honoured she is a legend I admire her although, I don’t see the similarities between us she’s an amazing person.

Which Nigerian artiste do you still intend to work it?

Definitely Dbanj, 2face and Flavour. I’m in love with their music, style and personality.

What other plans do you have?

To live longer, be successful, help others realize their dreams and live my dreams.

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