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Interview with Yvette

YVETTE MUSHIMIYIMANA SHE IS A RWANDAN POET, WRITER & SINGER.

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Tell us a little about you?

So I’m an imaginer. Perhaps we all are I like to actively check into my brain and reimage the world. How that may come out is mostly through question filled conversations but also my creative outlets. I love to write. I also find myself imagining through music.

Singing is my main thing in music but I’m currently branching out to other instruments/producing and you found me through photography, which is another medium I explore to reimagine life. I started this journey when I was born in Michigan. I was raised there for most of my life, which makes me first generation Rwandan-American. Now I live in Chicago.

When did you realize music was a passion?

That’s hard to answer. I feel like it’s always been one of my passions because I’ve been singing since I was a baby

You didn’t promote your latest album “Uncertainty. Why?

I did it in one or two posts on my Instagram and Facebook but didn’t continue because I’m still in a very experimental phase. I’m not really looking to “make it” with those songs but I still share it because why not.

Once I hear some things I make and I’m like okay ya I fuck with this. This is my style then perhaps I’ll promote it more. I also am not in a space where I’m forcing music to be my career. I just happen to do it, so whatever happens, happens.

What are your short and long term goals?

My current short term goals are to wrap up this book I’m writing and share it with the public, and to start some new writing material.

Some long term goals involve healing ways of thinking that may hold me back from my best self, exploring what music-making looks like for me, expanding and getting grounded in my community, researching more about plants, animals, spirituality, the brain and more, progressing in my fitness, and the list goes on.

What are you working on right now?

I’m currently finishing up a book of short stories with a poem here and there and planning to release it around beginning to mid-august that the goal

Which releasing platform are you going to use?

So far I plan to share it through my Facebook, Instagram, and website for purchase. Waiting on working up the logistics and focusing on wrapping up the book first

When are you planning to come to Rwanda?

I really want to come to Rwandan in 2019. If timing is right then it will happen.

What’s your biggest screw up in the kitchen?

The only thing I can think of messing up was over-salting food and breaking glass.

Who were the first influences on your music and style?

There’s a long list but artist that come to mind at this moment is Amel Larrieux, Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, Bon Iver, Donny Hathaway, later in my life I fell in love with Cesaria Evora, Lianne La Havas, Matt Corby and recently I’ve been inspired by Flamenco artist like Buika and Estrella Morente.

How do you stay inspired?

For music specially, exploring new artists, new sounds, and different styles inspire me. It’s a never-ending flow of inspiration there. For other forms of art like writing, I’m usually inspired when I have something I need to release. Sometimes I don’t have much to say so in those moments there’s sort of stillness or I may be taking life in rather than releasing. For visual arts, I’m constantly inspired by too many artists that I don’t know on Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and more. Also, the fact that I get to further explore the depths of myself through art inspires me.

Stream her EP below

Uncertainty EP by Yvette Mushimiyimana