You said that A Letter to Azania will be different from your other shows because it will be a much more intimate performance.
Why did you decide to do that?
I felt like because it’s happening in a contained space, there is a certain intimacy that can only be generated from small spaces. The idea of Azania has been a thread throughout my career, in all my work. I don’t think there is an album I have made that doesn’t mention Azania somehow.
Why did you think of doing it now then?
I don’t know if there is a reason. I’ve had these words scribbled in my journal from like five years ago, just like ... a letter to Azania. There is a conversation I want to have about this Azanian dream.
Which songs can we expect you to perform at the concert?
Why don’t you just come? [Laughter]
Do you have a ritual that you follow just before a big performance?
When I’m going to have any performance I have to get myself mentally ready for the spiritual stuff that can happen on stage. So I don’t know if that’s necessarily a ritual but it’s something I’m very, very aware of it. Right before the show, I get extremely nervous, so I usually just kinda block myself up and silence everything around me.
One wouldn’t say that you are nervous before a performance…
[Laughter] There is this thing when you are becoming a traditional doctor, it’s called, Ukuvuma ukufa. You agree to die. Which means, when you finally ready [to accept your ancestral calling], you shed your old self and you suddenly die; and you agree to now build a new self. So I feel like every time I go on stage, ndivuma ukufa. I’m like okay I get I’m going to die tonight, but I agree to it. I have to surrender myself to it, because anything can happen. I have to surrender myself to whatever might happen.
Which South African up-and-coming artist are you most excited about right now?
I have a naughty streak. I like the naughty kids. I Like Moonchild, Faka and Nakhane. There are lots of bands that I love that are still up-and-coming and others that have blown up, like Urban Village.
Yeah I have seen you and Nakhane talking via social media….
Yeah…I have a bit of a crush on that guy… [Laughter]…He is too much…. [More laughter]
And is there a musician, anywhere in the world, that you would still like to collaborate with?
I would still love to collaborate with Grace Jones and Salif Keita. I would still love to collaborate with those hip hop cats, so I could do a proper hip hop album.
2018 saw you reunite with your old band mates. When can we expect the release the album?
The album is going to come out in March.