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Q&A with Zolani Mahola

Zolani Mahola is a South African storyteller – she is a singer, an actress, an inspiration speaker and an agent for social change. Watch her jamming to one of her favourite songs below:

Name a book that you love and why.
I still love The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron because it offers such insight into the why and how of art. It’s a very revealing, deep and exciting process that she offers.

Name one artist you would love to meet.
Thom Yorke.

What are you reading at the moment?
The Jungle Book to my boys.

What are you listening to in your car?
Podcasts like Coaching for Leaders by Dave Stachowiak.

Zolani Mahola Q&A interview

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
At this point, I’ve come to realise that my flaws are there for a reason. All of my hard knocks have and continue to teach me a lesson. If I could change one thing, it could be the notion that I am not enough, or ‘not there yet’. It would be to embrace all there is and all that I am right now.

What is it that makes you happy?
My family.

What is your most treasured possession?
My time.

Name one thing you think would improve the arts and culture industry in South Africa.
Having art in all its forms be taught in government schools nationwide, and having that be a compulsory part of the curriculum.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The feeling of inescapability and the desperation of addiction.

Describe a defining moment in your life.
Admitting that I have a problem with impulsive behaviours.

What projects will you be busy with during the remainder of 2019 and into 2020?
I am recording my debut solo work for release in 2020. I have come out (so to speak) as an instrumentalist.

Name one goal you would like to achieve in the next twelve months.
I would like to heal my relationship with money by inviting more of it into my life. I would like to own six million rands this coming year – and I will.

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