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#MusicExchange: Lana Crowster returns to the national music scene with the release of single: "Fake"

After having spent years working on several successful musical endeavours, including performing on the current season of Music Roulette on SABC 2, South African singer Lana Crowster returns to the national music scene with the release of her latest single: "Fake".
The singer and songwriter, who hails from Belhar in the Western Cape, has also been named as one of the young South Africans you need to know by the Mail and Guardian in its recent poll.

We had a rapid-fire chat last week.

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BizcommunityThe new decade means: 

New possibilities and a positive shift in energy.

BizcommunityFame is about: 

Using your clout for good rather than evil.

BizcommunityRetirement will happen when: 

When I can afford a house with a huge garden and seven dogs.

BizcommunityI don't do:

Drugs and escargot. 

BizcommunityWhat does music mean to you?

Music is a sacred vessel best used to communicate the incommunicable. 

BizcommunityMy music is about: 

A woman of colour living a bold life and the lessons learned along the way. 

BizcommunityI would love to co-write with:  

Lizzo, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Gregory Porter and H.E.R. 

BizcommunityWhere do you go for inspiration to create?

I am inspired by late night, wine-induced conversations with my close friends and the strangers I meet on my travel adventures.

BizcommunityWhat is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

Being able to express myself through various forms of creativity – art, music, fashion design, etc.

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BizcommunityThe song you must do in every show: 

“Seasons”, “Truth” and “Outta My System”. 

BizcommunityAny funny moments on stage:

I recently did a show where my zip broke as I stepped onto stage! I had to perform two dance numbers while holding my pants up! 

BizcommunityMy heroes: 

Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu – basically all Black women who freely express themselves and live unapologetically.

BizcommunityMy style icon:

Rihanna and Lizzo. 

BizcommunityWhich living person do you admire most and why?

Lizzo – her self-awareness, artistic bravery, her intelligence as a musician and she is a powerhouse performer, songwriter and vocalist.

BizcommunityWhat is your most treasured possession?

My Roland Juno keyboard. I remember dreaming of owning one as a music student, so I saved up for it and bought it! I still can’t believe I made that happen for myself. And my car, The Silver Bullet; same story as the Juno ;)

BizcommunityIt’s your round, what are you drinking?

Watermelon-flavoured Absolut Vodka and soda, on the rocks, please:)

BizcommunityWhat makes you stand out?

My personality, character, music and sense of style are fiercely unique. 

BizcommunityIf you were not a musician, what would you do?

I would be a creative director of some sort; fashion and jewellery designer, anything where I get to be creative.

BizcommunityWho would play you in a Hollywood blockbuster and why?

Lizzo, because she is basically my twin, in character and spirit!

BizcommunityPick five words to describe yourself: 

Resilient, bold, authentic, unique, powerful. 

BizcommunityFive favourite SA albums: 

Nomvula – Freshlyground
A Cry, A Smile, A Dance – Judith Sephuma
Indlel'eyekhaya – Spha Mdlalose
Halloween – TKZee
Swimming in The Soul of Music – RJ Benjamin

BizcommunityWhat is your favourite word?

Am I allowed to swear on this questionnaire? 

BizcommunityFavourite fashion garment: 

My sneakers, all of them!

#MusicExchange: Lana Crowster returns to the national music scene with the release of single: "Fake"

BizcommunityTop of your bucket list: 

Graduating with my master’s degree in music business from New York University.

BizcommunityYour greatest achievement: 

This far, it’s been creating a niche for myself as a performer and music educator. Being able to create a legacy project like The Lady Day Big Band and have a hand in nurturing the future of SA music is my biggest achievement. I will continue to seek out opportunities to do so.

BizcommunityWhat do you complain about most often?

I hate getting cold. Winter is the worst for me.

BizcommunityWhat is your fear?

Dreaming so big that I can’t make it a reality for myself. 

BizcommunityOn stage, I tend to: 

Lose my mind, but in a good and entertaining way!

BizcommunityWishes and dreams: 

Success, abundance, happiness and the ability to pay every ounce of my success forward. And a house with a garden big enough to hold seven dogs.

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About Martin Myers

Co-owner at Triple M Entertainment, founder Music Exchange, manager Sipho Hotstix Mabuse

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