Full of soul. Attitude that rocks. This is Nwando Ebizie.
Read our interview with the artist below.
Describe your sound in three words please!
Afrofuturist Constellation Ritual
How did you become engaged with making music?
I was up a mountain in Brazil working with a theatre company. There was an old organ in the place we were staying. I started playing it. And there was something about that return (I’d grown up playing the piano and violin) to sound that made me decide to stop performing in the show we were making and instead write the music for it. So I made a 6 hour electronic piece for that show. After that I started getting asked to DJ at clubs in London, then met Larry Tee who encouraged me to perform at his nights. We started co-writing and it all went from there.
Your song I Seduce is part of your upcoming album titled The Swan. Tell us some more about this project.
Labryinthine in essence, it frustrates linear notions of time, eating its own tail in an attempt to grapple with reality. As Angela Carter said, sometimes, myth can instruct us more than history. Sonically too, it may eat its own tail and frustrate attempts to sit comfortably in any one genre. I was once asked what bpm I write in.
I Seduce is a track that celebrates sexuality against demonisation of women as sexual temptresses to be feared. How do you think this song will be perceived by the majority of listeners and how would you hope to be perceived?
The song was inspired by getting a bit too far into despair trawling the Manosphere (don’t do it!). It is a scary place and it is just a new manifestation of what sits at the root of our society and how femininity is seen as something to be feared, taken and controlled. I hope that all my work is accepted as a gift towards transformation – of perception, of thought. A provocation. A sensation to be drawn into the body and expressed outwardly.
What would you like to say to any young woman and young artists who read this interview?
For both, the first thing is care, for the self and for the community. Care and acceptance. And then a journey.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Iceland Dance Theatre. Ben Okri. Brian Cox (the physicist)
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
It’s an everyday kind of thing. The trick is to get better exit strategies. And get into the good trouble.