#BringYourFire Interviews: We speak to Cape Town born artist, Dope Saint Jude, Ahead of MTN Bushfire Festival 2019
We’re literally two months away from the MTN Bushfire Festival which happens from the 24th of May to the 26th of May in the Kingdom of eSwatini. Regarded as Africa’s top festival by BBC, the 13th edition of the MTN Bushfire Festival is set to wow its attendees this year with a great lineup which includes acts such as artists, ASA, Mr. Eazi, Blinky Bill and more. This year, the festival is even more special as it is the Igoda Circuit’s first official festival circuit which will see a handful of artists tour Southern Africa — hitting eSwatini, Mozambique, South Africa and Réunion Island.
We recently caught up with Cape Town born artist, Dope Saint Jude. Now based in London, Dope Saint Jude first broke into the scene in 2013 with a fresh approach to rap music. After consistently releasing great singles, Dope Saint Jude’s rise to prominence became undeniably and she started frequenting the West more to play shows and tour. In the international arena of music, Dope Saint Jude has firmly cemented her name and brand as one of the most innovative, progressive and boundary-pushing. Check our conversation with the ever-impressive artist below.
You have travelled the world as a result of your work and calling in music, what is the one thing you love about performing in Africa?
I love performing in at home because I can connect closer with the stories I tell. The audience also has better understanding and context of my narrative and that makes me feel closer to them.
What is the one thing, lesson or experience do you want people to get from your music?
I want people to feel comfortable in their own truths. I strive to be honest and authentic in my music, which can be difficult in this industry. But I hope that by staying true to myself, others are encourage to do the same.
If you weren’t in music, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I would probably be acting or working in film production. I spend a great deal of time conceptualising, producing and often editing music videos, so I believe that is what I would be doing if not performing.
What are you looking forward to see or experience as you are going to be on tour in Southern Africa?
I am looking forward to experiencing my fellow South African artists performances. I am looking forward to joining up with my band.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how important would you rate the importance of the Igoda circuit in the African live music space?
I don’t think rating a platform does it justice. Platforms that create opportunity for artists are invaluable for not only the industry, but for society.
What can Bushfire Festival attendees expect from your set this year?
They can expect a great live set with a thrilling performance from the band and I.