Doing Fearlessly: Nomsa Mazwai | 30 Days Unchained : Day 9 Friday 18 January, 2013

Nomsa Mazwai Final Featured Header

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 9 – 1/18/13 | Inspiration: Nomsa Mazwai Original and deliriously contagious, the joyful rhythms of Nomsa Mazwai have the capacity to change both hearts and minds. As a musician and activist, that is exactly what Nomsa sets out to do with her art. Speaking of her life’s meaning, Nomsa tells […]

Share

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 9 – 1/18/13 | Inspiration: Nomsa Mazwai

Original and deliriously contagious, the joyful rhythms of Nomsa Mazwai have the capacity to change both hearts and minds. As a musician and activist, that is exactly what Nomsa sets out to do with her art. Speaking of her life’s meaning, Nomsa tells Live Unchained, “I really want to dive in and swim in life. I think I am here for a purpose. Music is the best way that I would like to fulfill my purpose.” A leader in her own right, Nomsa is not afraid to say what’s on her mind through her music. Sharing her thoughts on politics, social consciousness, and romance on her album Nomisupasta, Nomsa uses her melodic voice as a fountain for truth, an instrument intended to be heard by the masses. 

As the Winner of the South African Music Award (SAMA) for best Best Adult Alternative African Album, Nomsa Mazwai’s dream to have her voice heard is positively impacting listeners on a global scale, from her homeland of South Africa to music fanatics worldwide. I think that if everyone lived with the same fearlessness as Nomsa Mazwai, the world would be a better, brighter place. Nomsa’s bravery is inspiration for today’s challenge…

Challenge (Find, Create, or Remix an image that answers the question): What does fearlessness mean to you?

Share your image(s) on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained and use the hashtag #30unchained so we can shout you out! Be sure to follow us on FacebookPinterestand Twitter to keep up with the latest #30unchained news.

Live Unchained: Your music has many layers to it, including a strong political critique. You’ve sung: “Globalization is the new colonization without the whips and chains.” What do you want your audience to know about how this new slavery works?

Nomsa Mazwai: The capitalist system is a new form of slavery with predetermined winners and losers. Just like slavery, this capitalist system is built to benefit its architects and no one else. It achieves this by deluding the masses to believe, without a doubt, there is no alternative to it.

LU: If you were president of South Africa what would be the first three things you’d do?

NM: First, I would take one third of the national budget and allocate it towards education. This would be used to improve pedagogy such that schools become humanizing and empowering places. The money would also go toward teacher training and educate the masses on the importance of their participation in the education system. I would implement community schools.

Second, I would encourage the unemployed but educated youth in the country to think of ways they can provide for a need in their communities and support them in making that financially sustainable. In essence, I believe in supporting entrepreneurs.

Third, I’d help build the African Union such that it becomes a global force and the deciding organization for what happens on the African continent–African solutions for Africa’s challenges and opportunities.

LU: Finally, what does living unchained mean to you?

NM: Doing fearlessly.


This interview is excerpted from a full feature with the artists. View the original article here.

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained is an interactive creative countdown to the Live Unchained Anniversary Celebration . Everyday for 30 days, we’ll share some of our most popular interviews with Live Unchained featured artists. They include women creatives of various disciplines from across the African diaspora. Her creative journey will be the inspiration for your challenge. To participate simply respond to the challenge question with images (not words). Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained so we can shout you out – it’s that simple. Learn more about 30 Days Unchained, including rules and prizes hereGet your daily challenge from Thursday, January 10th through the day of the big bash on Friday, February 8th at www.liveunchained.com.


Written by Aleyna Jones and Kathryn Buford

Share

There are no comments yet, add one below.

Leave a Comment


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>