Langa Mavuso Shares the 5 Local Tracks He’s Listening to Nonstop

27-year-old singer-songwriter Langa Mavuso (born Nkosinathi Nhlakanipho Mavuso) isn’t afraid to lay it all bare in his music. In his critically acclaimed debut album Langa, released in 2020, the R&B and soul artist explored the stages of heartbreak. Mavuso’s recent music videos for ‘Panther’ and ‘Pretend’ tell poignant stories about love – both queer and tender. While he’s working on new music for feature projects and his second full-length album, we asked the rising star to turn the tables briefly, sharing five of the tracks by South African artists he’s loving right now and why.

1. ‘Flava’ by Black Coffee featuring Una Rams and Telemann

“This has to be the best get up and go tune out right now. It features one of my good friends Una Rams. I just love the beat and energy of it.”

2. ‘Sunday Morning’ by Rowlene featuring Manana

“The ultimate heart break ballad. Watching the South African R&B and soul grow over the past few years has been incredible. This song embodies some of the our talents in R&B and soul. Also heartbreak is just better on a Sunday morning.”

3. ‘3rd Movement’ by Ndabo Zulu and Umgidi Ensemble 

“An impeccable 17 minutes and 13 seconds of pure excellence. This work really requires a full listen through to understand in context. I recommend you listen to the full LP when you can. It’s pure brilliance and art.”

4. ‘Manelo’ by Yanga Chief  

“A melodic political commentary on the state of our leadership. Yanga Chief is one of my favorite South African rappers. He’s so musical and melodic in his delivery. This song shows us the best of these attributes”

5. ‘Vhuludu’ by Muneyi

“An enchanting modern folk piece by an incredible new artist. The song is sang completely in Venda and for months I had no idea what he was saying but it didn’t matter, I was drawn in on my first listen and never stopped for a while. Muneyi is an artist that I’m excited to see grow and receive more work from. Vhuludu tells a story of loneliness after love. A simply masterful piece of music.”

Watch Mavuso’s music video for ‘Pretend’ and follow @langamav on Instagram.

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