An afternoon with Lyor Cohen and Mane Yousuf
Apr 12, 2023 – minute read
For as long as I can remember, music has brought me joy. And luckily for me, my dad has always encouraged me to pursue my passion. I started actively posting on my YouTube channel at the end of 2019, just before the pandemic — taking viral songs to the streets and filming live reactions. These videos have been a way for me to showcase my love for music while spreading positive energy to the world.
In 2022, I had the opportunity to join the first cohort of Canada’s Black Voices Fund program and take my channel to the next level. Later this year I hope to pursue music full-time, but first, I’m upping my game and getting all the wisdom I can from industry legends.
That’s why I jumped at the chance to spend an afternoon with Lyor Cohen while he was in town for the Juno Awards last month. We took to the streets of downtown Edmonton — we walked and talked (and froze), and even busted out a few moves.
Here are three things I learned:
A huge thank you to Lyor for taking the time on his trip to Canada. I’m grateful for Lyor’s gems and I’ll be looking to implement his wisdom as often as possible in my own career. Until then, you can catch the full video here.