Ayanda Jiya on female artists being generally underrated
01 January 1970
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AJ: Oh wow, that is a very hard one. The truth is we are very underrated as women in the industry, you know. It is very hard to be recognised or rather into that level as other fellow artists. I think what we need as women is to be recognised and to support each other. I feel like in our industry, we don’t really necessarily support each other because we still approach each other with that competitive spirit.
I feel that if we all can get to understand that, as much as we can get to be, you know, competitive with each other, that at the end of the day, especially as women, that we are women and we need to stick together, you know, as one. I feel that it is very important for us women to do that in order for us to get to recognise each other in order for everyone else to recognise us, you know, in the industry, that is what I would say.
You know, it is very hard for, it is very seldom where you even see, you know, female artists in our country collaborating. You know, it is very seldom where it actually happens and I feel that we need to start doing that to create good relationships with each other. In that way we can actually have everyone else around us, you know, noted and actually honour us as much as we honour each other. I feel as though reflection kind of a thing. If I treat you well, you treat me the same in return and everyone else will treat you the same because we are all in harmony with each other that is what I believe.
AN: Still on you know, women working together, which artist, South African artist would you like to work with?
AJ: I would really like to work with Malaya, I think Malaya has such an amazing voice, she is such an amazing talent.
AN: She is, she is, I am sorry to cut you in.
AJ: No problem.
AN: I am sorry to just dip in, but she is absolutely amazing and what you are saying about energies and how women in the industry relate to each other, I feel like she is a sister you know. I touch wood that collaboration is coming for you but do carry on.
AJ: Yes I really would love to work with her. I feel like she is one of the artists in our country who has this thing that, you know, when we listen to her, she brings you in a certain place and I really love her music. I love what she is doing and honestly, I think she is also one of the artists that is really underrated in our country. I think it is about time that people really recognise the talent and the beautiful music that she brings out. So she is one of the people that I would really love to do a collaboration with, as well as Ubusi. I really would love to do a song Busi, love her tone, love what she is doing as well. So those are the kind of women I would love to do a collaboration with, definitely.
AN: While I have you on the line, I have, well I would like to cue you into one of my favourite songs by you if you don’t mind, because I am such a fan.
AJ: No problem. Okay that’s great…[Song]