We had the good fortune of connecting with Mokah Soulfly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mokah Soulfly, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I cannot remember a time in my life where I wasn’t drawn to the arts in some form or fashion. I grew up in a Southern Baptist church with my Grandmother being the choir director and truly my entire family from my father to my aunts, cousins, and everything in between were choir members. My father, Roy Charles Hunter Sr. (Catfish) was a member of a quartet – I traveled with them from church to church – it was some of the best times. I cannot recall a time where music didn’t move me. I knew at a very young age after falling in love with the voice of Whitney Houston exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up. Overtime as I found my own voice, whether I was singing or rapping, it was the energy of the crowds that pulled me. It was my grandmother Peggy Sue’s tears and my Aunt Jon Aneice making me sing every time she saw me (to this day!!!) that made me feel like I could move the masses. I have been in and out of the music industry since I was 16 yrs old; for the last decade in a more serious pursuit, and thankfully there is no expiration date on creativity – so I’d say I’m just getting started. I have a message of light, love, and joy permeating through the trials and tribulations that helped me to learn what those things were and I will continue to share my experiences musically, poetically, visually, or however the art in my heart presents itself. This life chose me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Even in my artistry, one of the things that sets me apart most often is my professionalism. Having corporate careers and running my own businesses has lent itself to me by teaching me the importance of attributes such as punctuality, branding, effective and efficient communication and these characteristics show up when I hit the studio, when I hit the stage, as I network to grow by following and alliances. The road has not been easy at all. Although my journey began when I was sixteen, from then till now I have gone to college, made some exciting and crazy choices, became a single parent to a now almost 17 yr old daughter, and just lived a lot of life. I grew. Had I found mound of success 20 years ago, I may have landed in life spaces that aren’t productive nor healthy. My time is now – I am grown, I know who I am, my vision is clear and I have so much support that it’s almost unfair. After working on my latest project with super producer M Slago for 9 years, we released an album titled “Moja Na Maji” in April 2021 which means “the one with water”. It’s an ode to the Age of Aquarius – of course we are both Aquarians. It’s a perfect combination of melody, hip-hop, story-telling, love, and hope. What I want the world to know is that there is no limit to creativity. There is no expiration date on shining your light for the world to see. Keep pressing, keep believing, keep building and hush the naysayers – dreams become reality every day.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, this is a great question. If my bestie came to town, and for sure my bestie loves great food, live music, and dancing we are going to hit a few different spots. We’ll start in Deep Ellum – clearly! We are hitting The Nines one Saturday, and Three Links the following Saturday to experience two different Galaxy 9 Productions events (yes – shameless plug). During the week we are going to catch a live soul/r&b night at Sandaga 813, and another at The Freeman. Then we may also swing to the Funk (Ft. Worth) and pop in to the Scat Jazz Lounge, because we are grown grown. Food – definitely hitting up Sankofa Kitchen for the eats and smoothies. One thing I like to do is try something new, so we are also going to Energy Gardens Terrariums for the vibes because who doesn’t like a nice kick back in a spot teaming with so much life. This is my short list.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people who have contributed to my ongoing success as an artist and entrepreneur that it will be terribly difficult to point out even a few people. My mother Sherry Payne has had my front, back and sides and supported me in so many ways that it has caused me to rethink my status of “single parent”. The Dallas/Fort Worth music scene has always accepted me with open arms whether I was performing or producing live events as the President of Galaxy 9 Productions, a highly successful event production company. I have had the opportunity to work with so many artists, producers, engineers, venues, promoters that I would be remiss to point out a particular one. I will always appreciate my fans and am satisfied when I know that I have had a positive impact on just one. If you are reading this, you know it’s always good hugs when I see you.
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