10 Questions with Athena Angelou

Athena Angelou is the host of Flava's Turnt Up 20, counting down the top songs of the day. We chat to her about music, dream holidays and what's at the bottom of her handbag. 


1.   You’re the host of Flava’s Turnt Up 20 – what’s the best thing about hosting by yourself?
Being able to deliver the ‘Hit Pick’ and ‘New Joints at 9’, because it gives listeners the chance to hear a bit of my own vibes and what I listen to in my own time. It’s an opportunity for people to hear my personality in a sense, and have a taste from my musical palette - which can sometimes be universal and strange. 

2.     What was the first concert you ever went to?
Chingy, on his first ever New Zealand show. I would have been about 12 or 13. It’s pretty cool to think that I went from being a part of the crowd, to introducing him on stage this past New Year alongside Ja Rule & Ashanti.

3.     Best snapchat filter?
The goddess-looking butterfly one; I abuse the heck out of it. Don’t judge me.

4.     What is always in your handbag?
Purse, diary, pencil case, emergency make-up bag, water bottle, something to make me smell good through the day. It usually weighs half a tonne with old receipts. 

5.     What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a dancer/choreographer. Mum & Dad didn’t agree though, because at that time, it was only kicking off and didn’t have a ‘career’ to it. One things for sure, I always wanted to be around music.

6.     What’s your favourite way to de-stress and relax after a busy week in the studio?
A cup of tea, a documentary and nobody around me.

7.     What’s your dream holiday destination?
At the moment I would love to go to any place with clear blue water. Like Bora Bora, Fiji…Oooo, or Vorobek, Bahamas - that’s where ‘Pig Beach’ is…and it’s in clear blue water! #Winning

8.     What song can you not get enough of at the moment?
Neiked – Sexual.

9.     What will you miss most about summer when it’s gone?
Saving power on the heater and using the open window at night as a fan.

10.  Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year?
The generic change-up-the-diet and drink more water. I know, I know.

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