“I’m a free creative spirit”
By Courtney Knowles
Who is Maiuko?
I am a Mozambican artist and singer who has lived in the UK for a while now. I moved to Folkestone about 10 years ago.
Where are you originally from?
I’m from Mozambique but I’ve lived Swaziland, South Africa, Portugal and France but I liked England so much I stayed here.
Have you any other hidden talents?
Yes I do, if you want to call it a talent; I do art because it’s part of my upbringing, it's part of my culture. We learn something even if it’s just weaving; so I developed this as I come from a very creative family. It was just introduced as a normal part of my life.
Where have you toured?
I’ve pretty much toured everywhere – I can’t say the whole world as it’s a big place. For the last five years I’ve toured South Africa, Portugal, Morocco, Spain, Holland, France, Germany, America and England.
Where was your favourite place on tour?
I’ve just been to Liverpool and I really liked it. I like the entire town it’s just so creative. And of course it’s a Beatles town, I’m not 100% a Beatles fan – I have immense respect for their achievements obviously, and I think they're fantastic song writers within the pop genre, but to go and see a town full of the Beatles is really nice. But there’s also alot of other cultural documents and registers that are really interesting. And their accent is good. Also very lovely people with a lovely place called St.Georges concert hall; it’s a very old building and a beautiful one too.
Where is your favourite place in Folkestone?
I came in to perform at the music room along the leas, it’s not a music room anymore but that’s what actually made me move here. The music room was amazing and all acoustically designed as well.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
Oh, it was a long time ago of course because I’m ancient – it was embarrassing but funny. I had a television show to attend right at the beginning of my career. The cabs were all taken but I saw a bus right underneath my flat so I ran and got on the bus to go. But when I got to the studio I realised I hadn’t put my shoes on, so I had turned up with these massive Garfield slippers!