CATCHING UP | FEATURE
“Nothing happens overnight, and you must be in music because you are passionate about it at least in the beginning. And most of all, just to have fun and enjoy it.”
Photography by @mxpsfilms MUA - Az Marie Essence
What drew you into the music industry?
I’ve always been surrounded by music growing up. Literally, everyone in my family either sings or plays an instrument so the music industry was just a natural way to express that talent and interest in music. Plus, I’ve always felt like I have something different to offer and that my music needs to be heard and where else best but the music industry.
Whom are you inspired by and why?
My biggest inspiration musically would be the Motown era, I collect vinyl records from that era, and I feel that era of music got the balance of great songwriting, great melodies and great outfits down to a tee. You can’t help but be inspired. I’m also inspired by African artists like Miriam Makeba, Lovemore Majaivana, Brenda Fassie, and Boom Shaka to name a few. I feel those artists were so fearless in their music, that’s a huge inspiration to me.
As an artist explain your creative process?
I love hearing a good beat first! From there the possibilities are endless because that’s where I draw my melodies from and away, we go.
Do you collaborate with others? What is the process like and what has been your best collaboration so far?
I love collaborating with other artists. My latest single Bad Habits features Quinton of
Hardwest and Mr. Oulala of Afrotrap UK. That collaboration came about organically as we all recorded at the same studio, I had a hook as the boys did an excellent job of telling their sides of the story.
Coming up is another collaboration with Thoby Lee of Hardwest which I think people will relate to. It’s titled ‘Salty’ and it’s just about feeling like you can have someone’s man but that you don’t need to cause it’s not every woman who is that way inclined. I’m giving away too much but it’s a banger!
These collaborations came about so naturally I don’t recall ever thinking of a creative process but it just sort of happened.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
I usually get butterflies the moment before I go on stage which disappears as soon as I start singing. So aside from that little moment, not really.
How do you react or respond to the bad sound system when performing?
This happened last summer at a show I performed at. The mic had cut out and I just started singing acapella and the audience started cheering me on, so I managed to salvage it. I think in the future that will be my way of dealing with all ‘future sound issues’. Apart from that, most artists know that not all sound systems will project their voices the way they would like but you just have to sing and showcase your talent regardless.
Your favorite and least favorite part about women in the entertainment industry?
I always say being a woman in the entertainment industry is an extreme sport. Mostly because it’s a male dominated industry and you come across some promoters who want sexual favors for booking you or some promoters who don’t want to pay female artists in the same way they would pay male artists. That would be my least favorite part.
My most favorite thing is that artists like Tiwa Savage, Moonchild Sanelly and Sho Madjozi are really paving the way in making sure that females are being taken seriously. It’s a really exciting time and females are on the rise. We are definitely taking over. It’s an honor to be part of that movement.
The favorite venue you have performed at?
O2 Glasgow where I opened for Davido. The crowd was amazing, and I remember feeling like this is what I wanted to do forever. It was such a perfect night.
Any upcoming projects coming out soon?
The new single with Thoby Lee called Salty and my new EP called Uncuffed is nearly ready and it’s a whole new sound. I’m singing in Ndebele and English now and I couldn’t be any more excited for everyone to finally hear a full project of mine.
I’m also dabbling in hosting/ presenting this year and I’ll be presenting a few feature interviews for Ndebeles Connect.
KADE CULTURE | APRIL - MAY