KALINE ON TRAVEL AND LEISURE
A child prodigy, Kaline Akinkugbe stood out from a tender age, showing prowess in singing, and playing different musical instruments, as well as performing in musical concerts. She is a self-managed Afro-Soul musician who scores, composes and produces music for television shows and movies. Here, she tells Omenka about her favourite travel destinations.
What’s your favourite travel destination, and why?
I loved Prague while I was there a few years ago. It’s a magical city with a lot of art and music history. I love doing touristy things, especially in Europe. San Francisco is also a favorite of mine, mostly for one of its little villages called Sausalito—a little but hilly island village over the Golden Gate Bridge, with windy roads, and stunningly colourful houses. Just beautiful!
What’s your style of dressing, and does this change depending on the country you are visiting?
I’m not sure what I’d call my style but I mostly like to be elegant, yet daring with my choices. On stage, I mostly wear shorts and blazers. That rarely changes, regardless of the country I visit, because that’s a key part of my brand. If I’m ever switching that up, it would probably be due to the occasion, or nature of the event, or the songs I’ve been asked to sing. My style off stage I guess is retro but sometimes experimental too.
Tell us the reason for your signature hairstyle?
I have always loved big hair. I have always had long, big hair and I’m glad that I can finally show it off. My mum never let me perm my hair, and for a while I was embarrassed by it (I had it in braids or weaves for several years) but now that natural hair is ‘in’, it gives me great pleasure to be authentic with mine.
How do you spend your leisure?
I love to read, travel, write songs, draw, shop in thrift stores, as well as listen to music, and watch movies.
What is your favourite African dish?
Pounded yam and ila asepo. Not ‘poundo’ oh! The one made in the mortar with the pestle, and not the powder. There’s no other kind.
What is the one item you definitely won’t travel without?
I’d like to think it would be a book but who can do without a phone? I don’t think I can. If I can buy a phone when I get to the destination ha ha, then my answer would be a good book on branding, strategy or entrepreneurship to sink my teeth into.
Kaline is currently working on her EP and will be performing her song Bring Them Home live at the Bring Back Our Girls’ Vigil on April 14 at Falomo Roundabout, which marks the second year since the girls were abducted.
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