Monday 25 March 2019

The loves of my life: Loah


Singer Loah
Singer Loah

The Irish-Sierra Leonean singer chats to Chloe Brennan about her favourite people, places and things

The person

My goddaughter, Nancy Belle Cleopatra. It's an incredible thing to watch a human you adore grow from birth, custom-made by great friends! Every tiny thing she has learned along the way is just incredible, and at three years of age, she's the funniest and cutest. The first time she said 'I love you' to me, I thought my heart would explode.

The memory

Laughing hysterically with my sister over absolutely nothing when we were about six and nine years of age in our bedroom in Maynooth. Despite the bickering, there's nothing quite like a sibling for in-jokes, ultimate crack, and unconditional love.

The moment of the day

Just before I fall asleep, when I have wild and wonderful lucid dreams. I've started writing them down, as they are often hilarious or even premonitory.

The song

Right now, it's Mystery of Love by Sufjan Stevens. He wrote it for the soundtrack to the film Call Me By Your Name, and, in my opinion, it's a perfect piece of work.

The movie

Black Panther was so enjoyable on so many levels, not least as an incredible Marvel movie and for its representation of Africa. I went to see it with my sister, and as we're both general science as well as science-fiction nerds, we were giddy leaving the cinema! A feast for the eyes and the mind.

The book

The Faber Book of Beasts - it's a collection of animal poetry put together by Paul Muldoon, and I'm absolutely loving reading it.

The hero

I learned more about St Brigid at a celebration for her recently via the Irish Embassy of London - and she was really something in her lifetime. I'm a big fan. Brigid, and also Grace O'Malley, the pirate queen.

The accessory

Gold hoops. I feel like I don't have an outfit on until I'm wearing them.

The outfit

I'm a big fan of my friend Violet Ogden's bespoke hand-made jumpsuits, which she makes from amazing brightly coloured, dramatically patterned prints. I have one in red with blue ponies on it. I brought the material to her from Sierra Leone, and it's one of my most precious pieces.

The bar

The Hacienda Bar, Dublin. A charismatic place and Shay, who runs it, is a legend.

The gadget

I'm not very technical, if I'm honest - can I tell the truth and say my printer? I need it for printing lyrics and scripts and scenes, and, strangely enough, it feels absurdly luxurious to have a printer of one's own.

The virtue

I've been practicing yoga since I was six, and by golly, is it good for you - and relaxing.

The vice

I eat a lot more meat than any human deserves, but I'm feeling bad because of the environment relationship, so I might have to look at a minimising my intake, especially chicken wings...

The holiday

I went to Brazil for carnival a couple of years ago with my sis and a bunch of Irish and Brazilian friends, and they were two of the best weeks of my life. Sun, dancing in the streets, great music and incredible polyrhythmic drumming groups.

The pet hate

People who walk too slowly on the footpath and take it over. I'm a power walker. Move aside! That's ridiculously unimportant, but it's terribly annoying.

The friend

Sara O'Loughlin who, over the last few years, has got me through both the best and the worst of times! We also work together on music, among other things, so it's a power-couple friendship.

The beauty product

Anything with shea butter and coconut oil, in it that's all natural for skin and hair. I get lovely facials every once in a while too, a lovely luxury of so-called 'ageing' that I've started giving to myself!

The drink

Rum and Coke.

The hobby

Participating in an aerial silks class at Aerial Cirque on Exchequer Street in Dublin. It's like learning to fly.

The celebrity

I adore Issa Rae, who is a comedian and the creator of HBO show Insecure - she's a big influence and a constant source of hilarity.

Loah will be speaking at the AIB Future Sparks Festival, a student-focused career event, taking place on Thursday, March 14, in the RDS


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