One of the three nominee finalists of the Cape Town leg of British Council Connect ZA and Live SA #FutureMusic Rising competition is Andy Mkosi. She’s a rapper from Langa. LIVE had a short Q & A with the sister about her music and the competition. This is what transpired.
LIVE: You used to be known as AndyLeigh. Why did you switch back to you real name?
Andy: I changed to my real name because I felt “Leigh” didn’t have a significance. I thought I should carry out my family’s name instead of something I didn’t even know.
LIVE: Are you still part of MelloVizion?
Andy: MelloVizion doesn’t exist anymore but we do perform together now and then. It was just a choice of pursuing our own goals and careers as musicians.
LIVE: What has been your biggest highlight so far?
Andy: My biggest highlight, honestly, was opening for Jean Grae and Pharoah Monch. Thus far, that stands out for me. And besides that, I went to MXO’s show at Zular Bar. There was still no crowd, so me and a couple of other artists decided to jam with the band there. The show started and while MXO was performing on stage, he called me up to finish what I had started. That was awesome.
LIVE: What are you currently working on?
Andy: Currently, I’m working with Arsenic. He’s a producer. It’s a collaboration basically between him and I. He gives me beats, I work on them and then go to his spot to record.
LIVE: When you entered the competition, did you expect to get shortlisted?
Andy: When I entered, I was just nominating myself and didn’t think much of it. But when I started seeing people punting the competition online, I started realising that maybe I’d like to be shortlisted but I didn’t expect to get shortlisted.
LIVE: After seeing the line-up and knowing who you are going against, what do you think are your chances of winning?
Andy: All I can say is I’d be very pleased if I’d take the prize.