Born in Zambia and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Musonda Kabwe, affectionately known as Müs, is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and designer who traverses the two worlds of traditional and digital approaches toward art-making. Kabwe’s integration of various media and contexts make his art unexpected and moving.
Currently working independently; conceptualising short and long term projects that question social reality through characterisation and illustration, the artist recently found interest in the correlation between music and art, as well as rediscovering the African continent through music. He expands on this in his new personal project that explores the African diaspora using music and illustration.
“Every week, I create a musical portrait where I feature a musician from different parts of the continent. So far, I have covered a South African, Ghanaian & Zambian musicians.”
Through this ongoing project, Kabwe aims to spark curiosity about music and musicians in the diaspora. “My hope is that people can use my work as a starting point to learn more about the African continent a place that has been left in the dark for too long,” he shares.
Since the inception of the project, he has created illustrations of well-known musicians from across the continent, such as South African songstress, Shekinah; Nigerian singer, Burna Boy; and South African ‘Akulaleki’ singer, Samthing Soweto.