George da Soulchild, co-presenter of our Sunday night radio show ‘The Chanters Lodge Experience’, writes about a local music producer based right here in Livingstone.
Ronald Chama aka D-Roni or Ron da Prod as he is know on Facebook is a 25 year old music producer and CEO for Raising Sounds Studio, based in Livingstone. His love for music production dates back to his early days in Mufulira but it was only when he moved to Livingstone that he really took up music production, turning his hobby into something that could put food on the table!
In 2006 he opened his own recording studio, with very little experience in music production, under the name Ron.com Studio, a year later he changed the name to Raising Sounds Studio when he teamed up with a music producer called Happy who had a little more experience in music production and who, at that time, was the main producer at Raising Sounds Studios.
In 2009 Ron travelled to Zimbabwe and took a six month course in music production – by mid-year Raising Sounds was slowly getting noticed locally, as their production had improved tremendously but the problem the studio was facing was that most of the Livingstone based artists preferred to record in Lusaka, with well known and established studios.
But in 2010 things changed for the better when the studio recorded a charity song for a UK based NGO called Butterfly Tree this anti-malaria record was produced with the help of Ty2, Crystal Shaun, up and coming artiste Kaufela and Lillian Mweene. Ty2 also took the time and opportunity to record his hit single “Don’t Doubt” featuring Kaufela. Both Songs were produced by D-Roni. In the same year Raising Sounds recorded another hot song called ‘If It’s Lovin’ performed by the Brothahood Team (Ozzy, Roberto, Manas, and J-bus featuring Kaufela) also produced by D-Roni.
As K’millian, B-Flow, Masi, General Kanene, Petersen, Shyman, Shimasta, Red Linso and T-boy just to mention a few all flocked there to record, Raising Sounds became a household name in music production with countless hits playing on radio station across the country and in night clubs as well.
The studio is open to anyone willing to work with Raising Sounds Studio – circular or gospel artistes, all are welcome. Contact 0977437350/0967044661 Ronald or 0977169914 George.