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A minute with…Haji Mike (Dr Mike Hajimichael)
Musician, writer and educationalist
Where do you live?
Nicosia, Lakatamia with my wife and two kids
Best childhood memory?
Being treated to afroza by my late grandfather in Marathovouno…
Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? What food would you really turn your nose up to?
The Medina in Casablanca – in some very small corner of a restaurant which did not have a name… I had the most amazing sea food meze of my life there… I hate snails….slimey stuff…disgusting!
What did you have for breakfast?
Coffee, fresh melon and haloumi
Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
Night… I was a night person for a long time because I worked a lot as a DJ… but times have moved on, I still DJ from time to time. Ideal night, sort out the vinyls, usually starting in the afternoon, get to the venue, set up, sound check, take a couple of hours break and do the works on the decks til sun rise!
Best book ever read?
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Favourite film of all time?
Rockers as it is the best movie to reflect reggae music and life in the Jamaican ghetto… It was also directed and made by Ted Bafaloukos, who lives on the island of Andros in Greece. Just hearing how he made the film, is enough to make me watch it time and time again.
Favorite holiday destination? What’s your dream trip?
Jamaica… and Jamaica!
What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
An interesting new melodica release by my friend Shay Norman, out of Paris, France
What is always in your fridge?
Necessary things, milk, water, melon (when in season) and some haloumi….
Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
Retreat by the sea - not too big - I just love the sound of the waves, always inspiring to make music…
If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Gil Scott Heron, who passed away last year, because he is such a great poet and thinker
If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Play as much reggae on my decks for as long and loud as possible. If Babylon is going to end, I want people to know which music predicted its downfall…
What is your greatest fear?
There is nothing to fear but fear itself is a saying by Winston Churchill which I like – some mate of mine said it while being chased by racist skineheads at Uni in the 1980s and its stayed in my mind ever since … fear is something we have to deal with, we have to fear war and its consequences, death, and harm ever happening to people we know, to family, close friends and relatives
Tell me a joke…
Arsenal winning any silverware in the next decade
Watch Haji Mike play Front Line Reggae this month at Svoura Cafe Bar on June 22. 11pm until late. 5 Thermopilon St, (Nr OXI Roundabout), Nicosia. You can also catch him play on June 28 joining Scaraveo Pakman and Portiero at Scaraveo Bar in Nicosia. June 30: Reggae at Natty’s Cafe Lounge Bar, Larnaca. More details: 96696669