News of the extended lockdown came as a complete, albeit necessary surprise to most. Briefly.co.za caught up with rapper Gigi Lamayne to see what she's doing to pass the time and make sure she stays on top of her game.
Briefly.co.za caught up with femcee extraordinaire, Gigi Lamayne, to discuss how she's coping with lockdown and find out her plans for the rest of the year.
Where are you spending the lockdown? And with who?
"I'm spending the lockdown with my parents. It's been a great time of bonding and rekindling of relationships. I had to leave my complex in Fourways because I wasn't able to have visitors over due to social distancing. Now we're able to record at the studio in my parent's place."
What have you been up to during this time? Are you working on any new material?
"I'm working on my album while everything is still quiet. I'm also working on visual production and re-branding. I'm looking at a new image for the upcoming album."
On a personal front, how has the isolation affected you? Has Gigi changed?
"Absolutely. I have more time to myself. I've had time to re-evaluate some relationships and also read books. I've enjoyed reading 'The 5AM Club' and a book called 'Soul Ties'. I've been catching up on Netflix and doing new things. I'm honestly grateful for the time out. I know a lot of people are tired of being indoors but I love it. I'm only frustrated that I can't implement what I have been learning."
The world as we know it is changing and this pandemic is bringing a new normal in our every day lives. How do you think the music industry will be affected by this going forward?
" I believe that we are in the fourth revolution. We're being challenged to do things digitally. All artists who previously looked down on social media are now forced to embrace it. That's honestly where the money is at. And my numbers are doing far better now."
What can artists do to readjust to this new normal?
"Live streams, virtual concerts, seminars via ZOOM or IG."
What non-essential item or activity do you miss the most?
"I miss going out for sushi with my friends. I also miss the Sunday markets. I'm definitely headed back after lockdown ends."
You mentioned an interest in fortune telling and the spiritual - what brought this about? Can you expand on this?
"I believe that we need to know more about African spritiuality. We are too consumed in Western ideals which demonise our beliefs. I grew up in a convent school and we couldn't even speak about spirituality. I even studied anthropology because I have such an interest in culture. I hope to one day write about my experiences."
Was the 'Why U Mad?' video filmed in the states? How did that work?
"It was filmed in the states - well, most of it. The other part was filmed here. I've always wanted to be on a track with a female rapper and Monde Dube made it happen. He knew about Brie in the states and reached out. She also has a song coming out soon that's going to feature me and will be recorded here in SA - after the lockdown ends. So it's almost like an exchange program of swapping features."
How would you describe the new music that you're
"My new music is Gigi back in her element."
Earlier this month, Briefly.co.za reported that Gigi was also experimenting with a sexier, new look this year.
Fans are totally loving the super-hot and not-so-tomboyish side of Gigi.
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