I can't live without my me-time
What do you see when you envision the future of the Belgian creative scene? For us, we see diverse, unique perspectives, representative of the world around us. That is exactly why we have been working on our 20-something issues since 2014. These editions feature 20 people in their (pre-)twenties who are a guide, an inspiration or an Earlybird for the young generation of today in Belgium. It is the greatest honour to step into the minds of some of the most innovative young people in Belgium; and learn about their dreams, fears, inspirations and even their celebrity crushes. This year’s list was co-curated with Kevin Kotahunyi, founder of Please Add Color.
he/him, 28, artist, Brussels
What artists are you listening to?
Dj Lag, Kero Kero Bonito, JPEGMAFIA, Joker, Nina Simone, Blood Orange, Mozart, Wally B. Seck, Kanye West, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, PlayBoi Carti, Martin Bootyspoon, Sinjin Hawke, Zora Jones, Sade, H Hunt, Duval Timothy, Tom Waits, WHAM!, D’Angelo, Orchestra Baobab, Solange, Arca, etc.
Which records are you playing most right now?
Sen Am, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, Negro Swan, Symphonie, Die Lit, Playing Piano for Dad, House Of Baloons, You’re Dead, etc
What book are you currently reading?
Manifesto Contra-Sexual by Paul B. Preciado, a lovely book about rethinking gender and a whole lot of other things.
What makes your heart go faster these days?
Good cinema, it really is one of the things I do most lately (if I have time)! And climbing.
What are you doing daily at 9 pm/9 am?
9 am sleeping and 9 pm cinema or cooking!
What’s your personal utopia?
Waking up at 10 am, breakfast, reading, lunch, working a bit, cooking, cinema and afterwards going to a bar. On the weekends, maybe going to some parties.
What brings you satisfaction?
Making a good meal for my friends and myself! Also finishing a difficult book or a difficult route when climbing.
How do you relax?
With some me-time to recharge my social battery.
What’s one of your sources of inspiration that may surprise people?
Watching way too many youtube videos.
What would you like to be doing in 10 years’ time?
Have the utopia mentioned above and live from my practice.
What is the latest/future project you are working on?
I’m currently working on a film called Tukuleur which will be released in June of 2022.
What will the second part of 2022 bring you?
I want to go live in Dakar for 6 months and explore!
Who is the person that most influenced you throughout your development in life?
What is the most important thing you’ve learned lately?
Is there anyone in your scene who needs more attention?
Yes, loads of people! My brother: Yaye Daro, Dushime, every one of Noanaos: Susobrino, Ashley Morgan, Pippin, Brikabrak gang, Tim Evers, Stanley Olivier, Fahad Serike, Mischa Dols and Kenny M Ngombe,...
Comfort food/speciality dish?
Burgers and fries. Or Senegalese dishes like Thieboudienne, Mafe or Yassa!
D'Angelo in the Untitled music video… or Solange... Idk tbh.
Most irrational fear?
I think losing my hair.
Most rational fear?
For sure white supremacy.
If you were a cartoon character in a show, what would be your uniform?
Flared pants, crop top and cowboy boots and my hair would be alternating between afro, braids or rows.
What were you like as a child?
ADHD!!!! … and dyslexia.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation or something always seemed nice! I wouldn’t be late as much…
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
If there was a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Liquid body.
Biggest red flag?
Not one big one, different red flag each time!
No cars in cities.
Favourite quote from a book/movie/show/song
‘Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign’.
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