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Yolanda Sangweni Yolanda Sangweni

Who is your hero?
My momma!

What is your favorite thing about your career?
Listening to and documenting people’s stories

If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?
Be Solange’s outfit

What is the best gift you have been given?

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Phiona Okumu Phiona Okumu
Head of Music and Partnerships

What did you want to be when you were small?
A dancer in music videos. I was an ambitious child…

What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Joan Armatrading’s ‘Love and Affection’. I can handle all the notes on that one.

What do you listen to most frequently?
Apple Music (Not a plug, I swear)

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
Any year between 90 and 98. The best ever music came out in this period.

How would your friends describe you?
Secretive, elusive, passionate, moody, generous

Tseliso Monaheng Tseliso Monaheng

What really makes you angry?
Lettuce! It’s not a real vegetable…or whatever!

What motivates you to work hard?
The kids and Wu-Tang. We need a better tomorrow for the kids, and Wu-Tang’s for the kids. RZA legit a modern-day great. Him and Future.

What would you sing at Karaoke night?
I’d rap. Singing’s played out. I’d rap along to Coolio’s Gangster’s Paradise.

What do you listen to most frequently?
My thoughts, transmitted through muziki wa trap. Or jazz. Whatevs, long as it bangs hard!

Who is your favorite author?
Bukowski, Charles! *air-horn*

Kiri Kiri
Managing Editor

Who is your hero?
Barrington Levy for coming to the studio, doing the Bad Boyz hook with amazing breath control knowing full well we’d try to sing along and probably laughing to himself

What motivates you to work hard?
Paying my rent

What is your favorite thing about your career?
Career? Is that a place?

What did you want to be when you were small?
Older. I regret that decision adulting is difficult

What would you do if you won the lottery?
Top down screaming out money ain’t a thing

Lynsey Chutel Lynsey Chutel
Contributing Editor

Who is your favorite author?
Toni Morrison because she is simply genius, Chimamanda Adichie for her uniquely insightful and often hilarious perspective on Africa and the world and Zadie Smith for her take on humans and their ordinary strangeness.

Do you like or dislike surprises? Why or why not?
I love being surprised, especially the ones I orchestrate. I like to consulted about location, reveal, theme, the works. And just at the right moment, my eyes will pop, my mouth grinning wide and I’ll be completely, convincingly surprised.

How many pillows do you sleep with?
I strive to find one perfect pillow, with the perfect hollow for my neck, and foam that makes space for that thing I do in my sleep where my elbow ends up under my ear.

What form of public transportation do you prefer?
Air, because chances are I’m probably going somewhere far away and it will be wonderful. I’ll be anonymous, wandering through a new place, learning something new and inventing my own short history about my destination.


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