She walked in with a hasty pace, a Saturday, starting off with a smile it felt like I had known her for ages. Lyaness Larissa the rookie Dj from Star FM who has been taking the mix world by storm.
Throughout our interview I had attempted to catch her off guard, say something out of proportion but it hardly ever happened. It did but not as much as I had been accustomed to. It was then I knew she had Lyrical Prowess. I had heard of her song Hustle Bunny and truth be told for a mother of one, she does look like the bunnies we all know and love (playboy playmates).
I wouldn’t exactly say this of many people but she does strike me as a woman of character, overwhelming confidence which I took to be a trait of the industry, she definitely did have prowess.
- Q) Is that a weave you got on?
A) Yeas it is.you have some eye there huh.
Isn’t that a contradiction though? You being a Rasta fariat and all, as indicated by your name?
She pulls out from underneath her weave, her real hair, Thick dreadlocks and our whole office stands in amazement
- Q) So tell me about the Lyaness?
I am a Star FM dj, Artist as well as a mother, with a 2 year old son. I seek to take an initiative to promote women in the industry that ever male dominated with my music and prove the stereotyped wrong about women in the music industry.
- Q)Which stereotyped mindset is it that you speak of?
The one that dictates that women have to be sexualized in order to be successful in the music industry, sing about sex love and not something else in different.
- Q) Well aren’t there other none sexualized characters in the industry. Am a fan of Sade Abdul and I have never seen her rack
Well I bet Sade Abdul has a fewer instagram followers than Beyoncé or Nicki Mina, and even lil Kim. The industry simply takes notice of women who sexualize themselves to perform. Another stereotype is that, I am a woman working at Star FM so I must have slept with someone to get into my position. Not being able to compete with men on the same par is something viewed as impossible.
- Q)Would you go as far as to say the industry is Misogamistic?
Yeas it very much is so.Women are judged for indecency,far much more than men.
- Q)What do you have to offer that other Local Divas have not given us on the music scene?
My music is of an international standard. And it is cross genres, I rap in Patwa that does give me an advantage
- Q)Do you regard yourself as the best in the industry on a local scene? I most definitely think I ambit that should not come as a surprised, am a rapper and rapper and like it or not rappers are cocky so it should be the rapper in me that feels this way but I do give respect to local divas like Ninja lipsy and Bont Lisa who have come up as the first female artists in Zimbabwe who show aggression
- Q)What advice would you have to give to some aspiring artists
I am you best competition, so get your game up.
- All in all she may be a newbee, less tough than her A1 celebrity competition but she is definitely a force to reckon with as displayed in her new Hit single Hustle bunny which has been climbing up the charts in the local scene.Zimdance hall community biter watch out