The Interviews


As the years click by, one of the things that becomes obvious when you're producing a blog is that old posts tend to get buried, often quickly. Since interviews are one of the most popular posts in general, and the ones that people will often look at over time, and since they represent my original work (as opposed to media releases) I decided to gather them together here, organized by the discipline of the interviewee.

• You'll find other recent interview pieces on
Interviews and other arts pieces at Okayafrica
• You can also check out my archive at the now defunct Sway Magazine, where I freelanced from 2011 till they folded in 2012, including concert & gallery show reviews and interview pieces.


Thomas Mapfumo 2011 copyright Anya Wassenberg
Thomas Mapfumo, 2011 (copyright Anya Wassenberg)

Luke Welch
• Patric Caird
• Michelle MacQueen writes about The Tragically Hip
• The Heavyweights Brass Band
Madagascar Slim
Thomas Mapfumo (my pic of him to the right)
Hugh Masekela
Oliver Mtukudzi
Nadine McNulty of Batuki Music
Tunde Olaniran
Uncle Jonny
Dave West & Waleed Abdulhamid


Soulful Messiah by Christopher Cushman
Soulful Messiah by Christopher Cushman

Ilter Ibrahimoff
Sasha Ivanochko
Luke Garwood
• Laurence Lemieux
Christopher Cushman (one of his images of Ballet Creole's Soulful Messiah to the right)
Jasmyn Fyffe
Rex Harrington (not my interview, but I was there...)
Charmaine Headley
Jeff Melanson of the National Ballet School
Tiffany Mosher of the National Ballet
Kevin A. Ormsby


Fela on Broadway

Director Mitchell Cushman 
Blyth Festival Artistic Director Gil Garratt
Hettie Vyrine Barnhill (pictured in Tony Award winning Fela! on Broadway, 2011 - above)
John Hastings
Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu
Heather Ruffo
Kwame Stephens
Jenny Young


Katie Boland
Katie Boland

Da'Vine Joy Randolph
Andrew Renzi
#tiff18 review/interview: Freedom Fields, Directed by Naziha Arebi
Ian Harnarine
Allen Altman
Tetchana Bellange
Wang Bing
Katie Boland (pictured here because her pictures get soooo many pageviews!)
Emily Hampshire
Sandy Jobin-Bevans
Athena Karkanis
Paul Laverty (and I won't even pretend that I don't like to blow my own horn... the New York Times online review of Even the Rain/Tambien la Lluvia has a link to this interview)
Liz Marshall (about her documentary Water on the Table, a portrait of Maude Barlow)
Dorothée Van Den Berghe & Matthias Schoenaerts
Andrucha Waddington

Fashion & Visual Arts

Design by Baby Steinberg
Design by Baby Steinberg

• Laurinda Lee-Retter (Kind Karma Jewellery)