#004: Tenda McFly - A poetic balance

By Jordan Michaelides
March 07, 2017

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Tatenda Chimbari ( @TendaCanFly ) aka Tenda McFly, is a poet, rapper and good friend. Our interview was quite conversational and broad ranging on how poetry & rap has influenced his life, and improved him as a business person. Linguistics is a key area of cognitive science that we will be covering more of in future. I think that Tenda’s episode will whet your appetite on discovering this field through a more cultured medium.

We cover a wide-ranging array of topics including:

  • How a passion for music and poetry began 
  • Combatting dark periods in writing and performing  
  • How poetry & rap lend itself to his knowledge of psych & business (or vice versa) 
  • The game of rap - influences, competition etc. 
  • Advice to first-time rappers or spoken word poets
  • Any historical figures of inspiration 
  • Favourite non-musical sounds 
  • Current playlist 
  • Sample of Tenda McFly - Coin Laundry (Lisa Mitchell Remix)


Enjoy,

Jordan & Lauren


Show Notes

    • Bio and background {05:10}
    • How a passion for music and poetry began {14:50}
    • Lessons learnt from parents, directly or indirectly {23:50}
    • Core principles {27:50}
    • Habits and sporadicity {31:20}
    • Combatting dark periods in writing and performing {35:00}
    • How poetry & rap lend itself to his knowledge of psych & business (or vice versa) {44:20}
    • The game of rap - influences, competition etc. {50:40}
    • Advice to first-time rappers or spoken word poets {1:05:20}
    • A question someone hasn’t asked him, but wish they did {01:09:10}
    • Something he is proud of {01:10:55}
    • Any historical figures of inspiration {01:13:30}
    • Best purchases under $200 in the last couple of years {01:14:38}
    • Favourite books read in the last couple of years, to gift to someone {01:15:55}
    • Favourite TV series or documentaries {01:19:45}
    • Favourite non-musical sounds {01:20:50}
    • Something that he believes in/seems obvious and true, that others may not {01:22:15}
    • Current playlist {01:23:40}
    • Sample of Tenda McFly - Coin Laundry (Lisa Mitchell Remix) {01:24:40}

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