Azania’s art & soul

2012-11-01 11:00

When in need of inspiration, Metro FM presenter Azania Mosaka indulges in her love for all
things artistic.

Azania’s love of art started in childhood, when she discovered drawing.

‘I spent quite a bit of my time with my pencil crayons and paint when I wasn’t watching television,’ she says.

‘I really enjoyed it.’

Even though her own art ambitions ended in high school, Azania’s love for beauty continues to lead her to galleries and exhibitions, where she immerses herself in creativity.

‘My love for artistic spaces has been nurtured over the years. When I was younger I used to hang out at a place called Jungle Connection and there was always live music, poetry and all forms of art. That was a part of my world because it resonated deeply with who I’ve always been.’

Her current favourite artists include Mary Sibanda and Kudzanai Chiurai and she describes William Kentridge as a ‘classic that never goes out of style’.

Azania says the belief about art just being a hobby for the rich is a misconception.

‘I have learnt to find amazing art at places like the Rosebank flea market – it just takes having a good eye and gems can be found everywhere. I also love going to Artist Proof Studio because I can get reasonably priced prints of some amazing local art – art is for everyone to enjoy.’

Azania has recently been on the road with MTV Base in search of their new VJ.

Her experience on TV and radio put her in a perfect position to guide young hopefuls through the gruelling process.

‘It was very interesting selection; a lot has changed since I was a presenter on SABC1’s Bassiq. These days, because of social networks, most people come there already with a following, their own circle of influence and the understanding of playing to an audience – it’s fascinating to see,’ she says.

» The new MTV Base VJ will be announced on 20 October.

My signature style piece is…

‘Exquisite perfume. My favourite right now is Lola by Marc Jacobs.’

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