In one of her interviews Nina Simone says that ‘an artist’s duty is to reflect the times’. With the current political, social and economic climate in Africa in general, what are your thoughts on this?
I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s their duty. I would say for me it is. I am talking to my generation and I am responsible for spreading the right message. Music is one of the most powerful tools to reach the youth and since they are the future, it is important to spread the right message.
In SA, which producers would you like to work with?
I have the coolest producers, JayLoopz and Niner Konnekt, but one producer I am trying to work with is Kay Faith. She is super dope.
Where do you see yourself as an artist and where do you want to take your music?
I want to take my music global. I want to inspire the masses and even inspire those who have been an inspiration to me, such as Tom Misch, Nicki Minaj, Mick Jenkins and Oshun, among others. I have actually met Niambi and the producer PRODA who did a beat for me for my song Oh My.
Which artists do you think we should be listening to right now?
Mvula Drae, Master Kii, Crazy J. There are many who are underground and are not known.
Any upcoming shows?
I have one show coming up on 20 July with K.O.