KHADIJAH Mouton (KM) does not believe in stereotypes and putting yourself in a box defined by society. The well-rounded young artist has been up and coming in various art disciplines, including dance and music. She is also one of the very few female deejays and has carved a niche for herself as an aspiring actress. Confidente’s entertainment reporter Jeoffrey Mukubi (JM) recently caught up with the spirited yet well-grounded artist to talk about her first solo show and how art has helped her live a full and enriching life.
JM: Tell us a bit about your upbringing.
KM: I was born in Swakopmund in 1995. So I’m a coastal girl and a Pisces to put the cherry on top. I had a pretty ordinary childhood: married parents and a brother four years my junior, and I’ve always been a mini performer. I danced in front of the mirror like I was on stage since I was a toddler. I knew who I was since day one. I moved out to Windhoek when I was seven years old. I however grew up in a household that arrived towards education rather than passionately strived towards education.
JM: What influenced you to want to become a creative?
KM: My influence was the inner burning desire. The furthest memory of inspiration I have is when Michael Jackson got carried off stage by an angel in his ‘Will you be there’ music video. I wanted to be just like him. I started out as an actress and narrator for school plays when I was in primary school. And I used to create girl groups and dance in talent shows. I always wanted to sing, but I was afraid, so I went towards the closest thing to music, which was dance. After that I started d-jaying when I was 20 years old. And at the same time I started recording music with the deck geeks.
JM: What do you do in the creative industry?
KM: Simply put, I’m a musician, dancer, actress and d-jay
JM: Who influenced your creativity?
KM: There are too many influences. I can’t pinpoint one specific person. Even some things I don’t like inspire me, oddly. Everyday life inspires me, especially the mere fact that I’m alive.
JM: Why do you think you have a connection with art and what does art mean to you?
KM: I think everyone is an artist. We were all made in the image of the greatest artist of all time, our Creator. We are all connected to art by default, because everything is art. Art is an expression of self and also an outlet for emotions inside that can’t otherwise be rightly expressed by conventional human interactions.
JM: Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?
KM: A career entertainer traveling the world. I also see myself transcending and blending genres and the different mediums of art forms that I’m involved in.
JM: Who are your favourite Namibian artists?
KM: I can’t really say that I have a favourite Namibian artist. Namibia has such a large variety of art and each one of them brings a different idea to the table that is beautiful and breathtaking in its own way.
JM: What else do you do besides art?
KM: Everything I do is art-related in one way or the other. Even when I interact with kids for the various charity initiatives I am involved in, I use the various mediums of art that I know to connect with the kids.
JM: How do you feel about having your first ever headlining solo show?
KM: I’m excited for ‘Night under the Stars’. I am filled with mixed emotions but this will be my introduction to the world as a human being riding the rollercoaster of life.
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