54Lights with Kondwani Mwase

54Lights with Kondwani Mwase

54Lights is dedicated to elevating creative black voices through authentically told stories. We showcase Africans, the diaspora and allies of the great continent. Our mission is to showcase and (re)shape the brand that represents people of colour. Each episode is designed to introduce global audiences to culture creators (artists, musicians and innovators)...so that we can celebrate the diversity, texture and prowess of our people. Hosted by Kondwani Mwase

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June 13, 2021 36 min

As a shout out to racing fans across the globe, 54Lights is proud to elevate our inspiring conversation with Toka Murphy - a 23 year old racing phenom. Toka sat down with us weeks before the now cancelled Montreal F1 Grand Prix. The athlete took us through his obsession with cars and opened up about how he took a casual adoration of the sport to an immersive fascination. From car meets to friends inviting him to take the wheel to ...

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Easton Robinson is the chef, owner and originator of JerkUp Central...a takeout and catering business dedicated to healthier Caribbean cuisine. Easton's Jamaican heritage and influences come through boldly in his array of flavourful food. 

Easton sat down with 54Lights to take us through the birth of his business, his dedication to creating authentic Caribbean food and how he's battled adversities that could have suck his ...

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May 24, 2021 24 min

Marko Da Costa is a young and talented writer...one who evokes deep emotions in his work. In his first work - The Art of Feeling - Marko takes readers through an immersive, and sometimes painful experience of love and loss. 

We caught up with Marko in our virtual studios and let him talk us through what led him to write such a poetic and profound work. Marko bravely opened up about his life and relationships - all of which led him ...

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When Papa Balla Ndong launched his ambitious SIETAR Art Project, I had no idea how profound his initiative would have. The work spans hundreds of pages and threads together work, perspective and letters from contributors around the globe. It started in Europe, debuting in Paris, and has found it's way to Japan, Switzerland and countless other places across the globe. As a product of SIETAR, the Art Project embodies what both SI...

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April 14, 2021 29 min

On this episode we are humbled to say that the amazing Naledi Jackson is back with us for a second episode on 54Lights. Naledi was our very first guest and years later she is back to share more of her story. Naledi is a writer, director and producer who has methodically made her way up the movie-making ladder. Her resume, which includes work on the Netflix series “Anne with an E” and her own action-packed drama “The Drop In” are ju...

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April 6, 2021 42 min

In the most highly anticipated episode in our 3 seasons, we are joined in our virtual studios by award-winning author Hanif Abdurraqib. The lyrical genius who’s authored popular bestsellers such as Go Ahead in The Rain, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, A Fortune For Your Disaster and The Crown Ain’t Worth Much met with us to share his perspective on writing and the creative process. 

Hanif is a poet, essayist and culture crit...

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54Lights sat down with executive Chef Kiki Louya to talk about her career in food. The renowned chef opened up to us about her life, businesses and motivations. The conversation touched on important topics like food sustainability, the true DNA of an executive chef as well as what it takes to handle the heat of Bravo's Top Chef kitchen - where she is a "Cheftestant" for Season 18.

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54Lights sits down with the young, impressive founder and editor of ARK Magazine, Marie Powell. She openly shares her experiences in the fashion industry and the next big steps. Why the name “ARK” you ask? Let Marie tell you.

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March 2, 2021 32 min

In our first instalment of a mini-series focused on writers, we sat down with Ties That Tether author Jane Igharo. Her book, a modern-day love story, appeals to a wide variety of cultures and mindsets. She builds out a strong and complex protagonist and layers in very authentic tensions experienced by people dating outside of their culture.

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February 16, 2021 33 min

This episode on 54Lights is a rebroadcast of a collaborative effort done with the Ontario Aids Network (OAN). It features a conversation with our influential activist Amanuel Melles. The main purpose of this episode is to shed light on work that's being done, somewhat behind the scenes, by organizations like the OAN and prominent activists like Amanuel.

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February 2, 2021 47 min

Season III continues in celebration of culture creators by sitting down with Chawanangwa Mphande. She's the founder of AFERS, an aspiring non-profit, to talk about her move from Canada to the warm heart of Africa, her personal perspective on mental health and how she is fighting local stigmas. And while her fight is focused at the local level, the challenges surrounding mental health are indisputably global.

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54Lights theme song composers, Andy Ninvalle and Joachim Notebaert, join us for a chat about their road to making magical music. The two joined us from Europe to talk about their journeys as well as their current struggle to making a living in the creative field.

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January 13, 2021 49 min

In a podcasting first for 54Lights, we sit down with a multi-talented creative philanthropist Fungai Mettler to talk about her work, her outlook and her therapeutic style of storytelling. This episode was a dual broadcast...with both Fungai and Kondwani sharing turns asking questions for their respective shows.

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January 6, 2021 30 min

In the first episode of Season III, Art Malawi's founder Manota Mphande sat down with us to talk about how art can drive progressive change, how art can be reimagined to keep artists working and how the business of art is evolving in the warm heart of Africa.

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December 31, 2020 7 min

54Lights launches Season III of the podcast with a call to unity and togetherness. Echoing the spirit of Ubuntu and the call to action of African giants, this glimpse represents a small glimmer of what's in store for the days, weeks and months ahead.

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In a preview of what's in store for Season III, 54Lights is releasing an abbreviated peak at a fun-filled conversation with Roland Best - founder of E-RoL Beats.

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Enjoy a deeply personal interview with leader, writer, entrepreneur and activist Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr. She opens up to us about her work, her philosophy and her approach to helping women achieve their full potential.

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October 12, 2020 48 min

The latest instalment of 54Lights podcast featured a deeply philosophical conversation with author Stafford Attzs. A clinical technician whose range of knowledge spans from pew to pugilism, Attzs has recently written a book - The Narrow Path That Few Will Find: The Evolution of Christianity.

54Lights host, Kondwani Mwase and Stafford sat down to unpack religion, scripture and adherence to doctrine. The conversation zeroed in on Staf...

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This just in…54Lights podcast sat down with Montreal Chef James Mitchell to talk about his culinary business. Over the years, Chef Mitchell has been methodically plying his trade so that his business can thrive and survive during the chaos of COVID. From chef’s tables to cooking classes, Jaime (as he’s known to some) has made something sustainable in a time where organizations are teetering on the brink. And thanks to the his famil...

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Food for thought!!!! Have a listen to our food focused conversation with Chef Alex Askew. We asked Chef Alex to unpack the food system and explain how it's impacting communities. What we were looking for was a deeper understanding and appreciation of food justice. What we learned, over a stimulating session, was just how real and important these issues are and how they acutely impact people of colour.

Enjoy Chef Alex's fran...

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