The power of composition, the politics, the poetry

A Playlist by Shadreck Chikoti

A song you think everyone should listen to
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen The power of composition, the politics in the song, the poetry, and how much that Leonard is at peace and takes it easy in the song, gladdens me

A song that has inspired or shaped your writing
Mi Niña Lola by Concha Buika

A song that someone should listen to while reading ‘Azotus the Kingdom’
Psalm 104 sung in Ancient Hebrew by Yamma Ensemble (Bless the Lord, O My Soul)

A song that you wish you wrote
Suzanne by Leonard Cohen

A song you celebrate to when you win a prize
Wombo Lombo by Angélique Kidjo

A song you imagine would be the soundtrack to the film adaptation of your novel
I put a spell on you by Nina Simone

A song you can’t go a day without listening to
No regrets by Edith Piaf

A song for when you have writer’s block
Hear me Lord by Oliver Mtukudzi

A song you listen to while working on your next book
Toast by Koffee

Shadreck Chikoti is a Malawian writer. He is the author of Azotus the Kingdom.