“I’m telling my story and my truth”- Nadia Nakai on her new album

Nadia Nakai
Nadia Nakai

Bragga has come a long way since her feature on Riky Rick’s Amantombazane remix. She opens up about her thoughts on the hip-hop culture scene and her must anticipated debut album, Nadia Naked: 

What are your thoughts on the growth of hip-hop in Mzansi? 

I feel like the genre has been going through many changes. There were moments when it was thriving and artists could monetise their value with various deals. But, now hip-hop has taken a shift and amapiano and gqom are in the forefront. 

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And what about female representation? 

It’s getting there, but it’s not where it should be. How much things improve depends how hard we as women are working. I don’t think we should expect entities to put us on just because you’re a woman. It should be because you’re dope and your skills are undeniable. 

What’s your pre-show ritual? 

My mood starts way before getting backstage. It’s from the moment I put on my outfit and I start feeling myself and getting into the zone. Backstage, though, I always talk with my DJ to make sure we’re vibing and have the same energy. I also pray before performing. 

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Nadia 2018 vs Nadia 2019? 

The year 2018 was really amazing. I had a lot of deals and just lived my best life. So far, 2019 has been a lot harder because I’ve been mostly working on my solo project. The album has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done – it has been really stressful. I think I’ll enjoy the rest of the year when I’m done. But, on the other hand, I’ve so I can enjoy the year after the album is released. This year has been a slap of reality on really getting things done. But I learnt how hard I can push myself. 

Can you tell us a bit more about your album? 

I’m being more vocal about who I am. With my EP, I made music for pure fun, whereas with Nadia Naked, I’m telling my story and my truth. I speak about my relationship with my family, my friends, ex-boyfriends and heartbreak. It’s a body of work where I’m letting people into my life.

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