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Natalie Stewart is by far the warmest celebrity I have interviewed in a long time. Perhaps it is because the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, rapper and poet consented to a Skype interview, which created an air of familiarity.
“I am so excited about coming to South Africa,” said the wordsmith, who will be forming the Arts Alive Speak the Mind poetry sessions.
Speaking from her London home, the one half of the now defunct poetry/rap group Floetry said the trip would be her second. During a short 2006 visit she had met “the great” Thandiswa Mazwai.
This time she will be in the country for two weeks.
Stewart plans to immerse herself in the South African poetry culture.
“I am dedicating a good two weeks to communing with the land and with my ancestors,” she said.
Unlike her peers who write using technology, the Floacist still has her notebooks from when she started. “I know some people have things like iPads and BlackBerries where they write their material but I am more comfortable with my notebooks.
“Look here, I write as much as I can every day,” she said pulling out volumes of books full of scribblings and drawings.
“I write so much but the world has only heard five percent of it,” she said. “I am writing new stuff and I am hoping to share it in South Africa,” she said.
What people will always remember about Stewart is her partnership with Marsha Ambrosius as the group Floetry.
The pair brought out a new sound that felt like hip hop but meshed with poetry and harmonies. It was a sound that every rapper wanted to be part of. They even moved to the US and released two successful albums.
All was well until Ambrosius decided to go solo in 2006. “It was later in the year after we had come from South Africa. Marsha wanted to do her own thing and I was heartbroken.
“I am grateful for all the good years that we got in Floetry. However what is sad is that we haven’t spoken since then,” Stewart said.
However, both women have excelled in their solo projects – Stewart has released two albums.
“I’m looking forward to a homecoming when I get there,” she said.