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with Uzanele singer and musician
September 23, 2009
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yourself in five words?
Fun, very confident, honest, I'll tell you indaba
zako that's one thing, I'll tell you my mind.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Be yourself, no matter where you are, no matter whom you
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
I've done so many ridiculous things! The one thing
that I remember is when I was in Grahamstown I bought a phone and
the guy who sold me the phone was very handsome; very cute. So he
says ‘What's your name' and I tell him 'My name is Zanele'
and he says ‘You have a beautiful name. You're beautiful'
and I was like ‘Thanks!' You know when you buy a phone
the guys know your phone number from your receipt. He called me
that evening and he said 'Hey what's up? Can I take you out?'
and I said ‘Yeah!' so I sneaked out of my hotel room,
and I went out with him. A perfect stranger.
is your most treasured possession?
My shoes. I have fancy shoes.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Holding onto the bad memories. Putting them on a shelf
somewhere. Then once in while you take them down off that shelf
and you stroke them and keep them alive.
have any strange hobbies?
I like looking into mirrors. I like checking myself out.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
Me? I love myself big time!
is your greatest extravagance?
Shoes. I buy fancy shoes. I buy them and I wear them once
have you got in your fridge?
Baby's milk, butter, ice cubes, chicken, beef.
is your greatest fear?
To underachieve. To get to heaven and God says to me ‘I
wanted you to be this, and you didn't get to a tenth of that.'
I'd die in Heaven.
have you got in your pockets right now?
Three bucks . . . four.
is your favourite journey?
Going to Grahamstown. The 38 hours (on the bus) are worth
are your heroes in real life?
My mum. She's not an educated person, but all four
of us managed to go to A level and do what we want.
and where were you happiest?
Right now talking to you. I'm happiest in the now.
your biggest vice?
Procrastination. I try not to do it.
were you like at school?
I was Miss All That. I used to bully, I used to beat up
boys, but I was this sweet sweet person in class.
are you doing next?
What I want to do is start writing because my sister and
I have been approached by a publisher who says there aren't
that many Ndebele books out there. So we want to start writing.
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