Godfrey talks to colleague and friend Ntsikwane

Ntsikwane is an Afro Folk singer-songwriter-guitarist based in Gauteng, South Africa. Her sound is a mix of soul and soft rock with an A...

Ntsikwane is an Afro Folk singer-songwriter-guitarist based in Gauteng, South Africa. Her sound is a mix of soul and soft rock with an African twist. She writes music that is in service of love, healing and growth, and her curated live performances create a space for authentic human to human connection in an age where digital connectivity is quickly replacing personal interaction. She has been in the entertainment industry for over ten years and started her career as an actress before branching off to music. 

Ntsikwane (N) caught up friend and fellow artist, Godfrey Johnson recently. Below is how their chat went down.....

GJ: This  has become a standard question but I’ll ask it again. What have you been up to?

N: Mostly doing house chores. I'm at our family home with my mom, sister and nieces during the lockdown, so there's no peace. When I do have a moment of quiet I watch a lot of YouTube master classes on how artists can get back on track in their careers after the lockdown.

GJ: What advice do you have for artists right now?

N: My advice is just rest. I'm finding myself doing a lot of meditation now and I've had so many ideas for songs and shows come up when I quiet my mind. As artists our minds are constantly busy which reduces our capacity for creativity. I'm not saying do absolutely nothing, a livestream or video post on social media is always good. Just relax and make space for new ideas.

GJ: What are you planning for the future?

N: Honestly, right now all planning is out the window. I am however writing a lot of new songs which I plan to record when we get through the pandemic. I'm also speaking to a musician friend of mine to collaborate on doing some music and meditation retreats in the future.

GJ: What advice do you have for the current leaders of the world?

N: I see a lot of the leaders focusing more on the economy than human beings, and yes, trying to keep some semblance of economy is important but human capital is even more important. There is no economy without human beings. The first priority should be to slow down the spread of the virus and prevent people from getting infected. Second is to provide support to businesses and people who've lost their income due to this. I believe human beings are very resilient and adaptive. We'll bounce back from this.

GJ: I believe that it is time for global reflection. We need to really listen to nature and others. What advice do you have for future generations?

N: I was in the middle of writing a song when you sent me these questions last night,  that's why I didn't reply immediately🙈🙈🙈. The song is my reflection on what's happening now.. The last couple of lines of the song say "And when all of this is over, may we see it as chance to start over. A brand new perspective,  a way of life that is not so destructive".. The future generations need to know that the planet can survive without us but we can't survive without it. In all their actions let them consider the impact on other species and the planet.

GJ: Do you have a mantra that helps you focus and find peace? If so, would you share it with us? 

N: My mantra is quite simple actually. I say to myself "It's okay"... It always makes me feel better after saying it a couple of times.



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Urban Craft Magazine: Godfrey talks to colleague and friend Ntsikwane
Godfrey talks to colleague and friend Ntsikwane
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