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Some say it’s rare to find musicians these days who offer a social commentary in their work with real depth and analysis. This can’t be said for iconic Chicago DJ, emcee, Producer, Stylist and A&R extrodonaire, mikeflo...
Never shying away from the big issues, mikeflo has an ability to give his listeners that thought provoking narrative which highlights the struggles of the working class. With an incredible career under his belt mikeflohas inspired many whilst continuing to be inspired by the world around him and Africa in particular. Sharing some of our favourite interests, Africa and fashion. We naturally when we had the chance to interview him we leaped like an African Bullfrog to it. mikeflo talks to See Africa Differently about music, inspiration, fashion and his vision of Africa.
We’ve also been lucky to be able to give away his new mix Random Dope We love this and have it on repeat most days!
We love your mix Random Dope. You define Random Dope as Cornucopia of raw.uncut.dope.music.period. What does that mean?
It means that I can play whatever I want, as long as its dope. All genres, no rehearsals, all tempos, all eras, just quality dope music.
Going back to your early days and “Conscious Requires Action”. How do you apply that to Africa today?
Conscious totally requires action or else it's just words. Africa is the centre of the world and deserves so much attention that words merely don't do enough. My job through my music (especially as an emcee) is to ignite the sparks that bring about bold flames to be carried in the quest for the liberation of all African people at home and abroad. I like to put my words and ideas to use as much as possible.
Who inspires you?
I'm inspired by so much...life itself, my family, justice, injustices, power, music, friendship, comrades, photography, fashion and self determination to name a few.
We hear you are massively into African fashion. What is it about African fashion you love? Do you have a favourite designer? Will we be seeing a line from you soon?
I love Africa. Period. Interesting question about African fashion because I feel ALL forms of fashion are in a sense African. We are the creators. Yet, I think I know where you are going with the question, so I'd say what I love about "African" fashion are the variety of colours, hues, textures and much of the history/story behind the fabrics. Fabric that I may choose to turned into something "fancy" may just be everyday wears for some people of a particular tribe or community. That excites me a great deal.
As far as a line for myself, I'm working on a few things with a childhood friend of mine, who is like my brother, to create a line of African inspired street couture that I see growing and branching off into something more "high end" and more "dress up". I'm working to find my dreams at the moment, so for now you'll see pieces here and there...I like "Harriet's Alter Ego" (NYC), Ohema Ohene (Ghana/London), A.I.T.F. (Africa Is The Future), House of Tayo (Rwanda), and Alexander Nash (NYC) does some tremendous things with African fabrics in the tailored suit world that I absolutely love. I also Did a flagship song for AITF, which was great fun and much needed. I'm modelling things for designers I like so...designers...get wit me! Lol
If you could collaborate with one African artist alive or dead, who would that be and why?
If I had to choose one artist to work with from Africa (dead or alive) which is an IMPOSSIBLE question, I'd have to say Fela, simply because of how much his finger was on the pulse of the people and their wants/needs. His willingness to speak of and for the people remains unprecedented. I know in today's "pop" culture that may be a popular name to give, but nevertheless, his work speaks for itself. I'd also love to work with Tony Allen, Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela. Again, an IMPOSSIBLE question!
Three words that sum up a modern, progressive Africa to you?
Thriving. Shining. Future.
"There is more than a single story to be told about Africa. Africa is on the rise & I'll be blogging about this through a medley of themes."
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