Music to me was never about a particular school or genre to belong to, but just a soundtrack to your days you know. Some days are disco, some days are hard rock, some days are [rhythm] and blues, some days and classical symphony that is all. Now the goals is put all of that in one cohesive album and I think that is where the little magic comes in handy. It happens or it doesn’t. Music is definitely a mystical art that I respect very much.
To Iyadede, this mystical art is one of her tools to discuss political and economic issues that African people continue struggling to overcome. Among her experiences was escaping Rwanda during a genocidal assault that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, and scores more living with the effects of that horrible situation. “Although sometimes I wish I could be focused on happier circumstances only, it wouldn’t be honest of me to do that considering where I came from and what I have experienced.” But, Iyadede does sing about other aspects of life and she uses a variety of mediums to express herself, including drawing and painting, creating jewelry (her line is called Bowbi Ladawa, which means “cute medicine”), and producing illustrations. “Sometimes you don’t have the possibility to create through one medium so you try another. When I don’t write, I draw for example… Its all a phase.”
Iyadede’s current phase includes completing her “next Opus,” a project that she promises will be happy, fun, and as eclectic as her personality. This phase also includes putting performances on hold while she finishes her album. Iyadede will begin making her new music available to fans on her website in January 2012, and she will begin performing again in March at South By Southwest in Austin, TX. Until then, you can purchase Talking to God on iTunes and stream and/or download “The Demo” at Iyadede’s bandcamp.