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Daily Inspiration: Meet Ntsang Aloh

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ntsang Aloh.

Ntsang, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I moved to the United States in 2004, and I remember back then, I loved watching American Idol. I would hear all these singers with amazing voices and wished I could sound as good as they did. Back then, my older sister and friends would burn songs on CDs, and I remember singing along to the songs on our car rides, but I was always shy about it, so I never sang loudly. However, when I was home alone, I would play these songs on the computer speakers and sing to the top of my lungs, wanting to emulate what I would hear the singers doing with their voices. I always hoped it sounded half as decent in person as it did in my head. I must have been in middle school and I remember playing a Beyonce song on youtube, I wanna say it was halo but I don’t remember. She walked in on me belting this song at the top of my lungs and asked if I was the one singing. She had me re-sing the song again for her to be certain and later on that evening one of my uncles came over for a visit and she had me perform the song for him as well. After that, she would occasionally have me perform for friends and family members and school talent shows. That soon translated to me joining our church choir, middle school choir, and an all-girls ensemble throughout my middle and briefly during high school. In college, I joined a campus choir briefly to find a way to connect to music but found that I could not entirely connect with music the same way I did when I was younger. So I took a step back and focused on my studies. My friends and family members have always been super supportive of my singing and constantly encouraged me to use seek out opportunities to share it with others. Being able to use singing to convey a message was how I met Daniel Oyinloye. in 2016 a political conflict in Cameroon was the opportunity I needed to get back on stage and bring awareness to the injustices that were taking place back home. Until then, most people had never heard of Cameroon but I performed Andra Day’s “Rise Up” in hopes of bringing attention to the Crisis, and during the rehearsal of that performance is where I met Daniel. A meeting that would start me on a journey to exploring my creativity outside the bounds of being just a singer but a writer, performer, and creative. I am now a creative with the DanSan Creatives which has provided me with the opportunity to intentionally focus on my music. I dropped my first single on February 11, 2022, called ‘Stay with me’ and I am looking forward to putting out my music in the future.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. The biggest challenge or obstacle I have faced is being able to get out of my way. It has always been easier for me to sing someone else’s song and use their words to convey or portray a message. However, I have challenged myself to write my material, and one of the most challenging steps was being able to open myself up to sharing that material with others.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a singer and writer. I write songs, poetry, and short stories. I am proud of the fact that I can call myself a songwriter. Songwriting was one of those concepts that seemed unrealistic when I started singing, and now It’s something I enjoy doing. For me, journaling or writing poetry was a bit easier because I could set the tempo on my own, whereas writing to a beat took me a while to get used to. Still, it is a process I am not as intimidated by but constantly get better at the more I do it. What sets me apart is that I am me; I am Ntsang. It’s a bit of a cliche, but I find that there’s nothing wrong with being a bit of a cliche sometimes.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
Something that surprises most people about me is how shy I really am.

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Bih Anye
Nemuel Sereti
Daniel Oluwaseyi Oyinloye

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