We interview Cofield Mundi - Cofield Mundi interview

2006-07-17 10:11

Click here to download an MP3 remix of "Count Me Out"
(Exclusive to MWEB and available until the 22nd June only.)


Jean Barker for MWEB: Ok, you HAVE to choose which of the following artists to do a single with. In what order would you pick? And why? Kylie Minogue, Norah Jones, Diamanda Galas, Celine Dion?

Cofield Mundi: Mmmm...what a choice! Probably none of the above, but if I was held at gunpoint, Diamanda Galas for something different.

MWEB: And if you had to do a romantic duet with one of the following, who would you choose to work with? Eminem, Steve Hofmeyr, Dave Matthews, Michael Stipe?

CM: Dave Mathews, for his interesting voice and his African blood.

MWEB: Tell us what your life is like - a rundown of your day. What gets you through it?

CM: Rise way too early in the day and the rest of it's a blur. Try to balance social, work, spiritual and physical in the time and space available. I don't like too much structure, so what gets me through a day are the unusual and eventful things that unfold. That's what I look forward to...the unexpected!

MWEB: You were quite a difficult act to sign. You seemed to feel there was one right musical partner for you. Why did you pick Benjy Mudie of Fresh Music over the other options you were given?

CM: For his passion and vision and because he was very convincing!

MWEB: Are there disadvantages to being signed with a South African publisher? If yes, what are they and how do you plan to combat them?

CM: One should always retain one's publishing rights if possible, but when you sign to a recording label, like Fresh, it is a good idea to sign for the territory or territories where they are active. For example, I retain all my own publishing rights and I am only in a partnership deal with Benjy Mudie and Fresh Music for the SA territory alone. This means that I can sign with other international labels if I so wish!

MWEB: Tell us about "Count Me Out", the track off Ceremony that you made a remix of available to MWEB Members for download until June 23rd 2005.

CM: This was written at the most profoundly sad moment of my life, but funnily enough it is one of the most popular tracks off the album and the sadness is not evident unless you listen carefully to the words. The song is uplifting!

MWEB: What's the weirdest thing anyone has ever said to you about your music?

CM: Nothing about my music, but someone once said many years ago that my voice sounded like Dolly Parton. I think she may have been drinking!

MWEB: When will you know you're "making it big"?

When I can throw a tantrum in public.

MWEB: Say you sell a millions of albums, make number 1 here and in the UK and in the USA... where would you choose to spend your two weeks a year off, and with whom?

CM: In different places every time, I like to explore and with ...mmmm....I don't want to get myself into any trouble!

Cofield Mundi began writing songs at age 12, and was approached by EMI for a signing at age 14, but she only finally signed a contract with Benjy Mudie of Fresh Music, turning down opportunities to work with big stars like George Harrison to come home and make music. She recently released Ceremony.

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