#29: Neville Sigauke Update

#29: Neville Sigauke Update

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Neville Sigauke and I finally managed to have a live conversation! This episode is a catch up from our last interview in 2018. Neville is a Rapper and Artist who was born and raised in different parts of Zimbabwe and now lives in South Africa. Growing up in different cultures of Zimbabwe, he decided to overcome the ongoing tribalism by mixing Shona and Ndebele and sounds and fuse it into what he calls Mbira Dze Hip Hop – it stands for something unique that was born in Zimbabwe and for identity.

In today’s episode we talked about his latest track Paivapo and how he was affected so far by Covid and recent events in Zimbabwe.

You can find more about Neville on Youtube, SoundCloud, Instagram and Facebook.

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#29: Neville Sigauke Update

#29: Neville Sigauke Update

Neville Sigauke and I finally managed to have a live conversation! This episode is a catch up from our last interview in 2018. Neville is a Rapper and Artist who was born and raised in different parts of Zimbabwe and now lives in South Africa. Growing up in different...

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#28 Adiisa: 4 The Culture

#28 Adiisa: 4 The Culture

In dieser Episode rede ich mit Adiisa über seine neue EP "4 The Culture". Das Album entstand spontan aus der Energie der "Black Lives Matter" Proteste heraus und so sprechen wir auch in diesem Interview über diese wichtige Thema. 4 the Culture Die EP startet mit einer...

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#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

In this episode I talked with Kathy Iandoli about her new book "Go save the Queens" - the long overdue 'her'story of women in Hip Hop written by the veteran Hip Hop author.  It's About time  Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop...

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#26 I.Am.Tru.Starr

#26: I.Am.Tru.Starr

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Hope for the Hopeless

In today’s episode of The Healer Hip Hop Podcast I interview US rapper and singer I.Am.Tru.Starr. His name is an affirmation for himself and anyone who says it. I.Am.Tru.Starr was born and raised in Rochester, New York. There, he has seen and been through some tough times that he references in his music.

On his first album “Old Stuff”, released in 2015, he says about those hard times: “Wish I could drop a tear, but my sorrow well dried up”. Ironically, the song’s name is ‘Joy’. However, he wants to give “Hope for the Hopeless” as he raps in the following song “Night calls”.

Despite his modest upstate roots, he made this his mission and purpose. I.Am.Tru.Starr is working with the intention to lead by example. With a dedicated passion to show the next generation that beautiful things can grow out of what others consider a deadbeat town. 

Before music, I don’t feel like life was really anything. It was just life in the ghetto.
I.Am.Tru.Starr

Artist

Evolving with every album

You can’t put his music in a box. With the help of his long-time team of producers he navigates through genres and styles. One time, he raps smoothly and laid back as in the song “26 inches”. (I added it to my March playlist and it was the first song I heard of him.)

At other times he sings a powerful mantra: “A 20 Thousand Dollar watch won’t buy you more hours. But look into the mirror and you see your power” (“Power.”). When you listen to his music you’ll notice that he gets more versatile with every album.

He personally uses the word Soul Hop to best describe his style that mixes elements of hip-hop, R&B, funk, gospel and alt-soul.

Representation matters

His 2015 EP “Hair like Basquiat” was most influenced by one of the most prevalent issues of that year: the killing of unarmed People of Color by the Police, which seemed to have reached a sad peak in the public eye. With the album he wanted to create a manifest for the much needed self-love for himself and PoC in general. His hair, which actually looked like Basquiat’s at the time, was a further representation of this self-love.  

Smoke Break

“Smoke Break”, his latest work of art which was released in 2018, is a Soundtrack to his directorial debut. The “Smoke Break Movie” that came with the album. is about what price you’re willing to pay to create the life you want. If you want get in touch with I.Am.Tru.Starr you can follow him on IG, Youtube, Facebook.

Listen to the full Interview with I.Am.Tru.Starr on The Healer Hip Hop Podcast on you Podcast App, Spotify or on this blog.

 

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#29: Neville Sigauke Update

#29: Neville Sigauke Update

Neville Sigauke and I finally managed to have a live conversation! This episode is a catch up from our last interview in 2018. Neville is a Rapper and Artist who was born and raised in different parts of Zimbabwe and now lives in South Africa. Growing up in different...

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#28 Adiisa: 4 The Culture

#28 Adiisa: 4 The Culture

In dieser Episode rede ich mit Adiisa über seine neue EP "4 The Culture". Das Album entstand spontan aus der Energie der "Black Lives Matter" Proteste heraus und so sprechen wir auch in diesem Interview über diese wichtige Thema. 4 the Culture Die EP startet mit einer...

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#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

In this episode I talked with Kathy Iandoli about her new book "Go save the Queens" - the long overdue 'her'story of women in Hip Hop written by the veteran Hip Hop author.  It's About time  Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop...

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#21 Afrikan Boy goes Y.A.M.

#21: Afrikan Boy goes Y.A.M.

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The interview with Afrikan Boy was one of the funniest I ever had! We talked about his start as a rapper, why he called himself Afrikan Boy and why it’s spelled with a “K”. 

The whole point of my career is to bring African influence into what I do, knowing that I’m abroad.
Afrikan Boy

I’m not just Afrikan Boy for me, I’m Afrikan Boy for all these other people who have stories to be told.
Afrikan Boy

#20: The Miseducation of Ana Swartz

#20: The Miseducation of Ana Swartz

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Ok, so here it is: this is the music I’ve made about ten years ago. I’ve promised to publish my music to Anna-Liisa Donnatella on Episode 16. It took a lot of courage to actually follow through with it but now that I did, I’m very proud of myself! 

The Miseducation of Ana Swartz

I chose this title, because The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill had played a major role in my life and in my love for music. All I know about music and how it makes me feel, I got it from Lauryn (and Erykah, of course). This album was on heavy rotation for about 3 years and it had a major impact on me. Lauryn had poured her heart out in her debut, just like I poured mine into these songs.

The first song “Little Prayer” may not be my best song, but it means a lot to me. I wrote it when I had my whole world fall apart from kidney failure. I lost my health and with it myself, my job, my money and any hope. I didn’t understand what was happening to me at that time and that’s why I wrote this little prayer. I still sing it to this day whenever I need some courage and a reminder that sometimes I don’t need to understand what’s going on. Life will eventually let me know anyway.

Listening to it now let’s me know that my prayers have been answered. I know now that I had to go through these things. Not only to find healing for me and my kidneys, but also to find myself.

In that way, The Miseducation of Ana Swartz represents that long journey back to myself and I welcome you to be a part of it.

Listen with your heart

While listening, please remember that this music was basically meant for myself as therapy. I’m no producer. I did all the beats with my little Music Maker and a cheap mic in a little chamber of my home.

So listen with your heart first 🙂

Love, 

Ana

 

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#29: Neville Sigauke Update

#29: Neville Sigauke Update

Neville Sigauke and I finally managed to have a live conversation! This episode is a catch up from our last interview in 2018. Neville is a Rapper and Artist who was born and raised in different parts of Zimbabwe and now lives in South Africa. Growing up in different...

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#28 Adiisa: 4 The Culture

#28 Adiisa: 4 The Culture

In dieser Episode rede ich mit Adiisa über seine neue EP "4 The Culture". Das Album entstand spontan aus der Energie der "Black Lives Matter" Proteste heraus und so sprechen wir auch in diesem Interview über diese wichtige Thema. 4 the Culture Die EP startet mit einer...

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#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

In this episode I talked with Kathy Iandoli about her new book "Go save the Queens" - the long overdue 'her'story of women in Hip Hop written by the veteran Hip Hop author.  It's About time  Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop...

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#19: Small Literature

#19: Small Literature

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Lafayette Lewis goes by the producer name Small Literature. I first got in touch with him through IG and he made a The Healer Hip Hop remix for me which I was supposed to play in this epsiode. But I ended up choosing a song from his latest album instead.

That album – Kind of you – is dedicated to his sister who passed away last year around the same time I received my gift to second chance at life. That’s why I feel a special connection to him and his music about her. I dedicate this episode to his sister.

From Hip Hop to Rock and back

Small Literature is from St. Petersburg, Florida, so he grew up predominantly around Southern Hip Hop Rappers such as  Mystikal, Master P, T.I. etc.

Starting High School, he also came in touch with Rock Music, e.g. Fall Out Boy, Creed, but also classics like Led Zeppelin and the Pixies. From there he transitioned to discovering all types of music across all genres and eras.

The name Small Literature was originally meant for a band, but it ended up becoming his producer name. 

Your music should reflect your personality

Producing came natural to him, because he had always been passionate about listening to every detail of music. Some of his favorite producers are Madlib, J Dilla, The Alchemist and Oddisee.

He puts out a lot of music (just look at his IG) because he has found a formula that makes him able to produce a beat quickly. Also, he found that in the 60’s bands used to put out 5 to 6 albums a year. To Lafayette  it’s not just about creating the perfect album, but also documenting the journey of the creative process to that perfect album. 

Favorite Music

Lastly, Lafayette is my go to person for musical inspiration – new and old! On each of my playlists there is at least one song or artist that I got to know through him. His favorite artists at the moment are Black Milk, The Alchemist and Tokimonsta:

There is a right way to use music. It’s all about what’s in you. What you are willing to give on a positive end. People can feel that. In the South they have Soul Food. You can tell when it’s made with the heart and soul. The good in Hip Hop is always made with a heart and soul.

Small Literature

on how Hip Hop can be a Healer

In the future, he plans to have artists sing to his beats, so feel free to contact him through his Bandcamp or IG!

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#29: Neville Sigauke Update

#29: Neville Sigauke Update

Neville Sigauke and I finally managed to have a live conversation! This episode is a catch up from our last interview in 2018. Neville is a Rapper and Artist who was born and raised in different parts of Zimbabwe and now lives in South Africa. Growing up in different...

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#28 Adiisa: 4 The Culture

#28 Adiisa: 4 The Culture

In dieser Episode rede ich mit Adiisa über seine neue EP "4 The Culture". Das Album entstand spontan aus der Energie der "Black Lives Matter" Proteste heraus und so sprechen wir auch in diesem Interview über diese wichtige Thema. 4 the Culture Die EP startet mit einer...

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#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

In this episode I talked with Kathy Iandoli about her new book "Go save the Queens" - the long overdue 'her'story of women in Hip Hop written by the veteran Hip Hop author.  It's About time  Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop...

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#18: Neville Sigauke

#18: Neville Sigauke

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Neville Sigauke is a Rapper and Artist who was born and raised in different parts of Zimbabwe and now lives in South Africa. Growing up in different cultures of Zimbabwe, he decided to overcome the ongoing tribalism by mixing Shona and Ndebele and sounds and fuse it into what he calls Mbira Dze Hip Hop – it stands for something unique that was born in Zimbabwe and for identity.

The Mbira is an important music instrument when it comes to traditional music of Zimbabwe. It is played with the thumbs and it’s also used for traditional ceremonies and meditation.

Neville has two projects on the way – his first solo album and a joint project with his rapper colleague and friend YStan. Both projects will mix hip hop with traditonal and tribal elements.

You can find more about Neville on Youtube, SoundCloud, Instagram and Facebook.

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#29: Neville Sigauke Update

#29: Neville Sigauke Update

Neville Sigauke and I finally managed to have a live conversation! This episode is a catch up from our last interview in 2018. Neville is a Rapper and Artist who was born and raised in different parts of Zimbabwe and now lives in South Africa. Growing up in different...

read more
#28 Adiisa: 4 The Culture

#28 Adiisa: 4 The Culture

In dieser Episode rede ich mit Adiisa über seine neue EP "4 The Culture". Das Album entstand spontan aus der Energie der "Black Lives Matter" Proteste heraus und so sprechen wir auch in diesem Interview über diese wichtige Thema. 4 the Culture Die EP startet mit einer...

read more
#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

In this episode I talked with Kathy Iandoli about her new book "Go save the Queens" - the long overdue 'her'story of women in Hip Hop written by the veteran Hip Hop author.  It's About time  Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop...

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#16: Anna-Liisa Donatella:

#16: Anna-Liisa-Donatella

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Anna-Liisa Donatella has always been connected to arts: singing, making music, dancing. She’s practicing and teaching Yoga, and is involved in several pre-dominantely female empowerment projects.

She was into choirs from a very young age. At first, she was told she  didn’t have much of a voice and was not allowed to join the local choir. But she didn’t allow that to crush her vocal confidence, so she kept auditioning and eventually got in to the Cathedral girls choir in Winchester. She has since joined and led many more choirs and got a Gospel Mentorship.

The school of knowmads has changed her life. It’s for “lost birds” and she lost her voice there. She started dancing and had the opportunity to dance in front of the whole school and there she started to reinvent herself. Her alter ego – the fairy – made her dance through an old trauma and it made her realize how healing dancing and art is. This is the film Anna-Liisa talks about in the Interview – created and performed by her. It’s a performance about a healing journey, a transformation of pain into power. 

Still on her healing journey she went to Trinidad and Tobago with her Gospel mentor. All of sudden she found herself in the jungle as part of her mentor’s family with her mentor’s father slowly passing away. The atmosphere there allowed her to just sit there and sing along to the piano, no matter what would actually come out – whispers or silent songs.

Over time she found her voice appearing again and she now wants to help others who have experienced the same thing. When I asked her if she could share with us the music she sang in Trinidad, something magical happened. Anna-Liisa has since published her song not only for the podcast, but also shared it with the whole world, video and all. She also plans to do more music and two choir projects. I’ll share any news with you guys!

Her blog ‘How to be happy’ contains musings, stories, pastoral philosophy, resonant thoughts, diary writing (journal) recommendations and tools for your own process, ideas in collision with facts, pitches and gestures, loving words and non-sensical pieces that she have thought about and enjoyed. An assortment of sensations to try and answer this one question: “how to be happy, indeed.”

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Virtual choir by Eric Whitacre

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#29: Neville Sigauke Update

#29: Neville Sigauke Update

Neville Sigauke and I finally managed to have a live conversation! This episode is a catch up from our last interview in 2018. Neville is a Rapper and Artist who was born and raised in different parts of Zimbabwe and now lives in South Africa. Growing up in different...

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#28 Adiisa: 4 The Culture

#28 Adiisa: 4 The Culture

In dieser Episode rede ich mit Adiisa über seine neue EP "4 The Culture". Das Album entstand spontan aus der Energie der "Black Lives Matter" Proteste heraus und so sprechen wir auch in diesem Interview über diese wichtige Thema. 4 the Culture Die EP startet mit einer...

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#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

In this episode I talked with Kathy Iandoli about her new book "Go save the Queens" - the long overdue 'her'story of women in Hip Hop written by the veteran Hip Hop author.  It's About time  Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop...

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#14: GiwHa – The Artist formerly known as Musiqman

#14: GiwHa - The artist formerly known as Musiq Man

by GiwHa | The Healer Hip Hop

GiwHa is a quite diverse artist: he is a singer, songwriter, DJ, producer and plays the Piano, bass, drum machine, percussions and a little bit of Sax all by himself.

Born in Nigeria, and raised in Brighton, UK, he grew up listening to a lot of music at home, such as Fela Kuti, Billy Ocean, Marvin Gaye and always played music in church where his mom would sing.

He studied engineering at university, which was more of a back up plan than his true passion. However, this has prepared him for the technical side of music so that it came easy for him to produce music.

 

I don’t follow people. I follow what I do.
GiwHa

Yet, it wasn’t until after his mother had passed away in 2007, that he finally started doing music properly as a producer around 2009. Under the name Musiq Man he has since published two instrumental albums.

Finally artists like Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak and a chat he had with Robert Glasper backstage at the Love Supreme Festival convinved him that there was room out there for his own voice.

 

People need to hear it from me too.
GiwHa

He felt like the name Musiq Man was very generic, so he finally went with a name that meant something to him and that was unique:

GiwHa – after his Grandpa Giwa.

GiwHa only met his Grandfather when he was very young and he remembers that he was scared of him and didn’t want to touch him. He later got to know more about him and learned that he resembles his Grandfather, who was a very important man in his town – Giwa means leader, he was adviser to the King. GiwHa began to realize that that’s ME!

Find out more about GiwHa on Bandcamp or follow him on Social Media!

Music as a Healer:
“Music has always been a healer to me. My first album is dedicated to my mom. She passed away in 2007. She was a singer and music was her passion and I couldn’t think of anything else to make her this proud. I’ve always used music for everything and to express myself.”

GiwHa

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#29: Neville Sigauke Update

#29: Neville Sigauke Update

Neville Sigauke and I finally managed to have a live conversation! This episode is a catch up from our last interview in 2018. Neville is a Rapper and Artist who was born and raised in different parts of Zimbabwe and now lives in South Africa. Growing up in different...

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#28 Adiisa: 4 The Culture

#28 Adiisa: 4 The Culture

In dieser Episode rede ich mit Adiisa über seine neue EP "4 The Culture". Das Album entstand spontan aus der Energie der "Black Lives Matter" Proteste heraus und so sprechen wir auch in diesem Interview über diese wichtige Thema. 4 the Culture Die EP startet mit einer...

read more
#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

In this episode I talked with Kathy Iandoli about her new book "Go save the Queens" - the long overdue 'her'story of women in Hip Hop written by the veteran Hip Hop author.  It's About time  Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop...

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#13: Aaron Taylor – “You can’t hide from it forever”

The first song I heard of Aaron Taylor is his song “Blue“, which to me sounds like part 2 to D’Angelo’s classic “Untitled (How does it feel)” – and I instantly fell in love with Aaron’s music. In the interview I talked with him about his love for music, his way into music and what made him start as a producer first, despite his obvious singing talent.

 

“You can’t hide from it forever”
Admitting that he at first had self-esteem issues when it comes to music, the London-based producer and Soul singer finally started to sing his own songs and put them on SoundCloud. The response to it was great and he’s now published two EP’s and two Singles so far, and has just completed his first European Tour.
In the Interview you”ll also get to listen to two of his songs, “Blue”, and “Be Alright” – so just tune in, and lay back and let The Healer Hip Hop take over.
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