Up close and personal with Langa Mavuso
PHOTO: Langa Mavuso Instagram
‘Langa Mavuso’ – a name not many should forget anytime soon.
At just 23 years old, his voice holds a maturity, one would liken to seasoned performers such as John Legend, Maxwell or the younger Daniel Caesar.
His debut single, Sunday Blues is definitely testament of this. The ballad is a classic and takes the listener on a somewhat addictive emotional journey – one that you want to go on again and again until you tire out the song.
With such a powerhouse rising up in our midst, DRUM had to catch up with rising star – who is now signed to Black Coffee’s label, Soulistic Music -- to find out more about his single and his future plans.
1. Tell us about your single, Sunday Blues?
Sunday Blues is a ballad I wrote a few years ago. I actually reworked it with Black Coffee and we decided Sunday Blues would be the introductory song to get me into the commercial music industry. The song is about love and yearning. I also believe people could relate to it in many ways.
2. What inspired the song?
The general feeling of wanting people to be more present in spaces – that could be in love or in life. I wanted to express how I wish you could be here with me and be your whole self and you could share your love with me whether you’re going through the funniest thing.
3. What was it like working with Black Coffee?
Well, for me, he’s just like any other normal guy and like any other experience of working with someone. We have conversations about how we want things to go and discuss our goals. When I first came across Black Coffee the first thing I noticed about him was his humanity. It’s so beautiful to meet people you look up to and find so much humanity in them. He doesn’t even make me feel like I’m working with a superstar.
4. Which genre would you say your music falls under?
Definitely soul and R&B. I’m trying to mould an Afro-soul feel to my music. I grew up in Johannesburg so I have a very modern outlook in life and my experiences with music are through modern things in my life. It’s hard to classify a specific genre but it’s also inspired by the Afro-politan spaces I grew up in.
5. How are you finding the industry so far?
I’ve only just started being in the mainstream music industry but I’ve worked in entertainment since high school. I think the industry is always cut-throat and it’s quite competitive. But the people I work with have made it so much easier with their support. It’s very re-assuring when people appreciate the gift you have. Luckily, I haven’t had any bad experiences yet.
6. Do you have any plans to drop an album?
Yes! We’re working on the album right now for next year. I look forward to sharing it with everyone. The Sunday Blues music video is coming out soon and I’m working on more exciting things.
7. Which artists would you like to work with?
Locally, Thandiswa Mazwai – it’s really important for me to work with people I can learn something from. I feel Thandiswa has a wealth of knowledge, especially with fusing our indigenous music and our story and our people and making it relevant in the mainstream market.
Internationally, ooh it’s a tough one. Maybe Daniel Caesar or Maxwell.