On: Kay Faith

When it comes to engineering their songs, artists are right to put their hope in Kay Faith, writes Helen Herimbi This is a big moment for Karien Barnard’s mother. We’re inside the gargantuan SABC Radio building and Barnard – who goes by the alias Kay Faith – is a little in her feelings. There is a lull between her and Radio Sonder Grense DJ, Christelle van Tonder as they walk through the RSG corridor. “My mom loves this station,” Kay Faith’s deep voice envelopes the lull. “It’s her favourite and I never ever thought that one day, I’d be walking through her corridors.” And while Kay Faith’s mom had to listen to her daughter’s interview on the radio, making her mom proud through her favourite platform is a goal achieved for Kay Faith. Kay Faith is a Knysna-bred fine artist who serendipitously became South African hip hop’s most visible audio engineer who happens to be a woman. She has had the likes of Nasty C and YoungstaCPT – who spits “I’m oKay because I have Faith in my engineer” on Kay Faith’s album, In Good Faith – in her studio. After listening to her fluently explain her world to Christelle in Afrikaans, it’s a nice change to be able to sit down with the engineer, producer and songwriter and chat in a language we both understand. It’s then that I notice “In Good Faith” tattooed on her collarbone. “The album cover art was done and it was titled long before I’d recorded the song, In Good Faith,” she tells me. “My manager and I had sat down to discuss what to call the album and he said ‘In Good Faith,’ and I laughed so much. I thought it was cheesy. But the more I thought about it, the more it grew on me. As I started finalising the songs, the more I realised it actually fit. It’s more than just a project to me. It’s actually how I live my life. I do things in good faith.” It seems Kay Faith also has a lot of faith in YoungstaCPT as Read More …