The one indulgence you would never forgo? Kundalini yoga, for the creative thoughts it unlocks, and the music.
What are your essential grooming and treatment products? Lipidol Sunscreen Oil SPF20. (The love is genuine, even though it happens to be made by my husband). I use Bee Balm on my lips. The Mami Wata one gets extra points for gorgeous package design by Peet Pienaar.
Which tech gadget couldn’t you live without? My Macbook Pro with lots of extra memory, because I don’t do external drives.
What is your single most sentimental and important object? A hooped skirt given to me for the first Littlegig festival by my multitalented Greek friend. She spent 100 hours weaving vintage silk ribbon into something she felt embodied me. In her words: “delicate, but not fragile; colourful, but not garish; playful, but not messy.”
What is your preferred drink? Boxes and boxes of Ayurvedic Vata tea, which supposedly makes one soothed and calm, though I like it for the sweet liquorice, cardamom, cinnamon flavour. And occasionally good tequila, which is the only alcohol I drink. I’m enjoying local distiller Hope’s new Agave Esperanza.
When you eat out, where do you go? Chefs, near Parliament. There are only ever three things on the menu, served on a steel thali-cum-army tray. Brilliant chef Jenny Ward makes everything (including dessert) in a wood-fired oven. I dream about her flatbreads and the spiced ceviche.
What is the single element of your wardrobe that signifies your sense of style? My best friend owns the most fabulous vintage store, so I have way too many clothes, and a schizophrenic style. If I had to pick one thing only, it would probably be my cropped, red-and-gold Saint Laurent marching-band jacket, which has a really great cut.
A watch brand that you love? I had a Rolex once that belonged to my dad. I left it in the (unlocked) locker at gym while I was in the shower and by the time I got out it had disappeared. I haven’t worn a watch since and that was more than 20 years ago, soon after my dad died. I probably haven’t been to the gym since then either.
The last place you travelled to that captured your heart? Ngorongoro Crater Highlands walk for my husband’s 50th, with a group of 12 friends. The walk is Tanzania’s best-kept secret. Ol Doinyo Lengai (“Mount of God”) volcano is next to you, you pass through a string of tiny Maasai villages, and end in the Great Rift Valley. You won’t see another hiker.
What books can we find on your bedside table? I’m an insomniac and a big reader. Currently I’m reading Nathan Hill’s The Nix, Jacques Pauw’s The President’s Keepers, and Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me.
Which musician really appeals to you at the moment? Littlegig’s music programmer makes insane playlists for me. At the moment I’m loving Gil Scott-Heron, Ibeyi, and Bongeziwe Mabandla. These days I only stream music, via Apple Music.
What’s next on your list of must-have items? A borehole.
What is the first thing you add to your grocery cart and the one thing you’ll always find in your fridge? Vegan, dark-chocolate, bounty bars from the Greek deli on Kloof St. In my fantasy life I’m a vegan.
The best gift you’ve been given recently? A wake-up call by an educational psychologist who told me that my son’s school marks were unimportant, and that he should focus instead on the things he loves doing. The war at home is over!
A gift that you’ve recently bought someone? A ukelele for my youngest son, who recently turned five. His name is Ziggy, so it seems apt that he is at least trying to play the guitar!
An event that’s recently caught your attention? Afropunk Festival at Constitution Hill in Joburg at the end of the year. Because Solange. And organiser Jocelyn Cooper is one of the most inspiring women in the music industry.
What was the last item of clothing you added to your wardrobe? Rich Mnisi’s silver “tinsel” dress. It’s like a sexy sack.
Your favourite city in the world? Tokyo. It’s mind-bending and totally “other”, yet so considered.