I break down all three creative platforms below:
Creative Hustle is an initiative curated by Tangu Msimuko. It was founded in 2016, to help grow and publicise the local creative scene. Their work is focused on & dedicated to showcasing and platforming emerging Zambian creatives doing amazing work. They do this through hosting bi-monthly events and by conducting one-on-one interviews and online visual showcases. Check out my interview with Tangu below:
1. Most of your peices talk a lot about black women’s empowerment; why is it so important for you to tackle this issue? Why are women at the center of your topics?
Women in general are phenomenal human beings. Women of color, to be percise, are phenomenal – they are earth’s gold and honey; they are proof that evolution continues to take place. I feel black women have suffered enough; they have endured so much oppression and discrimination; their rights have been long violated and have been told their voices don’t matter – that there existence is worthless. But I was raised by a powerful black woman who not only played the role of a mother but equally the role of a father as well. She has taught me everything I know today.
So, Black women are at the focus of my writing because they motivate me; because I want the world to pay attention to women – especially women of color. I want people to respect women. I want men to teach their daughters that they can be anything that they want to be so long as they work hard. I want people to allow black women to embrace and love themselves in peace; to let them wear their hair the way they want; to live without apology; to let them run for political office; for them to be seen as human beings before their gender.
2. Your bio mentiones that you also love to express yourself through fashion and photography; how do you bring these different aspects into your work? Do they often intersect?
They do intersect. I find fashion so fascinating! When I see women wearing headwraps, I feel that they are telling stories that I should write about. Photography also, allows me to execute and tell my stories in a visual way; All three blend perfectly.
3. What books have influenced or fortified you as a writer?
1. We Should All Be Feminists & Americanah byChimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
2. Nectar by Upile Chisala.
3. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
4. Flowers by Billy Chapata
5. Davinci Code & Angel‘s and Demons by DanBrown
6. Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
7. Questions for Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyu
4. Any exciting projects you’re working on that you would like to share with me?
Yes! I am currently writing a poetry book titled Lucid Words. It’s an unapologetic, African-oriented book, inspired by my love of women and the scars that colonialism left behind. There are other works in progress but Lucid Words will be my first born.
5. What kind of changes would you like to see regarding our publishing industry in Zambia?
Firstly, I would like for our black parents to introduce a reading mentality to their children. Our education curriculum must also encourage a reading culture and they must tell our original Zambian stories without shame because our stories matter!
Secondly, I would like people to pay attention to writers and the publishing industry. Our state must bear in mind that this is no industry to play with; writting is a tool that can help take our country in the right direction. But I love that I am seeing lots of emerging writers – it’s beautiful and inspiring. We need to improve our industry; we must build it for and by ourselves. Doing so will break so many barriers.
6. Does collaboration play any huge role in your work? If so, which local individuals would you like to create some magic with?
It definitely does; I would love to work withKenzo James, Banji Chona and Mafashio. I think the latter’s style is very cultural and black in a beautiful way. I would also die for a one on one with Lulu Haangala Wood!
7. Have there been any pivotal moments in your creative journey? What were some of these and what was the outcome?
The death of my dad was horrifying; Despite being young, it affected me so much. Sometimes people have told me that my writting is too angry and it won’t make it out there and I unfortunately allowed this to break me: I experienced writers block for about half a year in 2010. But the outcomes have been beautiful! I have a way to heal myself. I molded myself back to wholeness and used my heartbreak and fear to grow flowers out of weeds.
8. What does creativity and the ability to express yourself through your various mediums mean to you?
It means exposing my human parts without letting the fear of not being accepted or validated by others hold me back.
Zed Arts, Founded by Bwalia Nkumbu is a platform that helps underground artists in general to showcase their talent & help them grow in their artistic nature. I was beyond excited when i sat down for an interview with Bwalia, a fellow creative & enthusiastic soul. In the interview i spoke about my writing in general (creativity) & how writers in Zambia can grow this industry were sleeping on. Make sure you check out the website for more ⬇
Conundrum Media Group is equally a platform founded by Christopher Kamuya. It taps various talents acrose zambia & aspires to convey this through a periodic magazine. Check out my interview with Conundrum Media Group below:
Ever since i was a kid at the age of 10 per say i began writing for fun mainly because I was intrigued by how words paint stories.
Later I drew inspiration from my mum, my 1st teacher, and later western literature influenced me mostly Shakespear, that I found at home. Then I was introduced to African Literature through the works of Chinua Achebe, Ijeoma Umebinyuo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Billy Chapata, Upile Chisala, shall I go on?
I was inspired to write about women especially Black women because of the struggles they go through, the lack of equality and injustice among the sexes, issues of feminism among others.
I equally just adore Black women. Everything about them inspires me to write. Their culture(Africa)wars etc.
BM : My journey to seek my purpose in life with full knowledge, learning on my ability to write and keep writing. It puts me at a cross-roads.
Mr. Kamuya: 3 things you are passionate about.
BM : Art in general- especially writing , Love , Women & people in general.
Mr. Kamuya : What are you studying, academically?
BM : Bachelors Degree in
Mr. Kamuya: How did the collaboration with the agency Zenith photography come about?
BM : I have worked with zenith photography since its establishment. The photographer happens to be a friend and love how Zenith is able to read me and translate that without effort.
Mr. Kamuya: Your photography is largely rendered in Black n white. Whats the reason behind that
BM: Everything is better in Black n white. But i mainly love Black n white because personally it works for me and one writer said; the primary colours of the world are Black n White ever since this has stayed with me.
Mr. Kamuya: What are you reading currently?
BM : Upile Chisala – Nectar
Mr. Kamuya: What virtue/s would you say have shaped your perspective on life?
BM : Never to give up, die trying. Especially to writes to never quit writing despite the challenges we may face
Mr. Kamuya: What music resonates with you?, an artist perhaps.
BM : Am a Lana Del Rey fan, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde etc these always inspire and calm me down.
Mr. Kamuya: Whats your take on the arts culture as it is and what is your hope for the industry for the future?
BM : Art in general needs more attention in Zambia. We need to support one another and grow our own industry. Am happy that am seeing youth who are fighting to pave way in Art appreciation, putting their work out there and validating it themselves. I see new musicians, writers, photographers, dancers, painters out there doing great things, working hard and this makes me happy. We are doing well and we should keep getting better and better.
Mr. Kamuya: Denim, print or leather?
BM : Always DENIM, always. Regardless of the day n occasion am always in DENIM!
Mr Kamuya: Lovers of organic art can find and follow this young creative on
Am forever grateful for these insightful & growing interviews & hope for huge success to the respective founders.
Thank you for reading