Rogatien Milord is a Young musician who declares himself African of Congolese origin.This hopeful enthusiast is also a humanitarian social activist who works for youth. He was attracted to music from an early age. It was at the age of 5 that he began his professional solo career, with an album and multiple singles, and many scenic appearances. His path crossed that of great figures of African music like: Lokua Kanza, Manu Dibango, A’salfo, Alikiba, Asa, Levixone and or Navio. Ze-Africanews team went to meet him.
Ze-Africanews.com: What is music for you?
Rogatien Milord: Music for me is, quite naturally, a passion. It is a gift from the VERY HIGH, a talent that has been well worked and has now become a profession or even a job. In short, music is a part of Me!
Ze-Africanews.com: What does it take to give people hope?
Rogatien Milord: For Me, to give hope to people passes first by the attitude held during the years of experience acquired throughout time… a being whose character and spirit are forged, has always been a symbol of hope.To give hope is also to give of its time to others who need it.
Ze-Africanews.com: You are musician, guitarist, author and composer, you are multi cap?
Rogatien Milord: I had the chance to learn successively to play many musical instruments, apart from the fact that I also have voice to sing, an average idea about the musical arrangement and the writing of the texts and the mastery of the songs without wanting to be pretentious, it constitutes a part of my artistic strength, and makes me a multi-cap artist.
Ze-Africanews.com: You are also a volunteer humanitarian activist engaged in the education and youth sector? What is it?
Rogatien Milord: Knowing that music is one of the platforms or disciplines that had much more influence on youth, I decided to direct my vision in this direction. The objective is to contribute to the development of the latter… whether through artistic achievements or through the image of personality, education and youth remain my first prize objective.
Ze-Africanews.com: You are a graduate in Information Sciences and communications (Sikkim Manipal University/Kampala) with bilingual ability at the international level (French-English), What period did you switch to music?
Rogatien Milord: My love for music intervened from a young age. only, I was lucky enough to have a mother who made me understand the value of an artist with an intellectual background and a well-founded education in life! after, you had to put everything in its place… when you know how to combine education with talent, it’s just wow!
Ze-Africanews.com: Can we say that your music is committed? And why?
Rogatien Milord: My music is universal, but with a specific target and objectives. It is also important to point out that I am sensitive to noble causes, and as an influencer, I really do.
Ze-Africanews.com: «How to live tomorrow CO-VI-D» is your new song, explain us?
Rogatien Milord: “Comment Vivre Demain (Co Vi D)” is the title of my new hit, which was released on June 30, 2020. First, it is a song about raising awareness about measures against the Covid-19 pandemic, and at the same time, I sent a message against racism, paying tribute to some African figureheads and personalities who have disappeared because of the coronavirus. And finally, I made a special dedication to the medical corps determined to save lives during these complicated times in the world.
Ze-Africanews.com: You also did a song about covid-19 «Coro’Nothing», what is the purpose of this song? Explain us?
Rogatien Milord: “Coro’Nothing” is the first song I released between March and April around the coronavirus because there was so much panic, uncertainty and despair. Through this song, I wanted to ask everyone especially the fans to keep hope, to try to respect the containment that was highly recommended at this time, in addition to observing the hygienic measures to defeat the pandemic together! the general idea was to communicate a positive attitude.
Ze-Africanews.com: Tell us about the “CHARITY CONCERT TOUR”?
Rogatien Milord: the Charity Concert Tour was the first big positive achievement at the beginning of my career. A concert series that aimed to collect funds through various concerts in different cities in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to help vulnerable people especially street children, orphans and widows. It is one of the most beautiful memories of my young career as an artist.
Ze-Africanews.com: Have you had to collaborate with international artists?
Rogatien Milord: From the first years of my young career, I had the chance to see my way cross with those of some giants of African and even international music like Lokua Kanza, A’salfo, Manu Dibango, Erick Smith, Magalie Rodier among others and it is magical moments that have remained precious and that always bring a plus in the life of an artist.
Ze-Africanews.com: What’s your next project?
Rogatien Milord: My next project… (I have many). I am first in the phase of finishing My album. after that, we will need to create a permanent fund in parallel with the album, which would allow us to invest in the education and health sector for people who do not have easy access to it. it is not a solo project so far. It is open to anyone who would like to accompany it.
Ze-Africanews.com: Do you have a message for African youth
Rogatien Milord: The African Youth remains the image of the succession towards a brilliant destiny, light, influence, passion and hope, on this, it must be brave, authentic, disciplined, responsible and innovative. It’s the symbol of hope.