Today we are pleased to announce a new collaboration in Gobblers: Mbaterry. The author has kindly accepted to answer a few questions about herself. Thanks for joining and welcome aboard!
Q: So, who’s the woman behind the profile ‘mbaterry’?
A: To be honest, I don’t even know myself. Terry is someone I am still in the process of finding out.
Q: Where exactly would you pitch your music style?
A: I’d say rap, since it’s a genre I know well and the one I’ve practised most. However, music-wise I belong in various places. I was raised with reggae, soul, jazz, reggaeton and along with traditional sounds from Equatorial Guinea –not to forget afrobeat–. So it wouldn’t be fair just to name rap.
Q: Since when have you been writing?
A: I think you’d better put it: “since when have you NOT been writing…” I was quite an early reader. Then, when in first of primary, I was given the chance to join an after-school activity. Many would go for football or basketball… but I would die for doing poetry. Unfortunately, there weren’t many of us and, a couple of classes later, the activity was called off. If I had to choose a starting date, I’d say it was then.
Q: What did inspire you to put your emotions in written? What moves you now?
A: I think it’s always been the same for me: it’s all about telling and being told stories. For I love them; I love words. Words make up the world you live in, things you do… your entire universe. And not only yours, but that of your present time. People arrange their thoughts by means of words and symbols. In our daily life we tell and get told a myriad of different tales: be it “I can’t stand my boss”, “my boyfriend is cheating on me”… Our life is down to the experiences we’re through, and these easily become stories when we get them across. Thus, I’m quite happy to tag along and tell my own.
Q: How does it feel to be a black woman in Spain?
A: I don’t quite know, so I can only return your question. How does it feel to be a Moroccan woman, or a Filipino woman… or a gypsy woman? I’ve no idea really, because I am not just a black woman in Spain. My identity is much more than that.
Q: Do you regard your music and your writing as an openly political expression?
A: Not at all. I don’t usually take so much risk in music as I do in poetry or narrative. When writing music, I tend to deal with lightweight, flippant topics because that’s the nature of music for me. I could write songs with a high political bias though, but If I really want talk about important subjects I’d switch to poetry or narrative –in whatever form–, as I regard them as better suited channels to go into detail, rather than just a catchy refrain.
Q: What are your songs and your poetry about?
A: They’re about whatever I’d like to write at a given point in time. I don’t believe in self-censorship in any form, for I think it limits your ability to create and shape stories. I therefore try not to set limits when writing: I could do black or racial matters in one text, masturbation in another one… or even murder! I believe that reflecting and writing over a diversity of issues helps me grow as an author.
Q: Do you believe in love?
A: Every day. It is a capital driving force that guides us all. All human beings live, wish and long for it. And it captures the best of us in our dealings with others.
Q: How do you love in such turbulent times?
A: Like we’ve always done before: by giving and receiving. And one thing to underline and appreciate of these turbulent times is that they show you people’s real nature. It is in hard times that you realise what kind of people you are dealing with.
Q: What would you like to achieve with your music and poetry?
A: Fame, money, and recognition. Would you expect such an answer? Let me be more precise: I never cared too much about fame and recognition. But I’ve always appreciated money. I guess its because I grew up with my single mum who would find it difficult to make ends meet. I really appreciate the effort she made in order for me to go to a public university –guess what it would have implied had it been a private one!–. However, important as wealth is, I also believe that my art would be void if it didn’t attempt hard at moving, touching. I would like to make people feel strongly with my creations. My ultimate objective is having you laugh, cry, feel panic, disgust, lust… I guess it is all down to inspiring and moving the reader.
Q: How do you picture yourself in five years’ time?
A: Older, for sure. Whether or not I will be showing more cellulitis, crow’s feet or wrinkles, I ignore. But I do hope to be wiser and happier.
Q: Could you define racism from your emotions and your personal experience?
A: I think it is an imposed barrier to separate and label us, so that ultimately, we do not get to know or get together with each other. In short, a strong obstacle to prevent us from realising we’re all one and the same thing: energy.
Mbaterry is alredy collaborating with MasticadoresEros. You can follow the author on Instagram at: @mbaterry.