An Insight To The Talented Urban Soul Singer Langa Mavuso. Urban soul singer who goes by the name Langa Mavuso is a talented young musician that is still climbing his way up into the music world, and by the look of things he is succeeding well. Langa is classified as one of those artists who offer long lasting music that contain a great fuse of soulful and heartwarming pieces that equal to perfection.
“The way I make my music is not traditional to how we consume R&B and soul music here [in South Africa],” he points out. It kind of has to be an Afro-pop or Afro-soul song to be consumed on a mass scale [in SA]. I’m trying to make a sound that’s more global. To be seen as someone ushering a new era comes with a pressure to serve at a certain level always.
“I’m not scared to do things that are great, but if I drop the ball once it becomes: ‘He calls himself a pioneer, but he dropped the ball’.” said the The 24 year old who gained the attention of music heavyweight DJ Black Coffee.
In the two years he has been recording music, he has released countless singles and two EPs – Liminal Sketches and Home. On the psychedelic and soul-crushing track Vivid Dreams he belts out in the sorrowful chorus: “I found love in an empty room. It echoed truths I couldn’t face.”
On the upbeat dance number Libalele (Pray), featuring Spoek Mathambo, Mavuso shows off his more playful side.
“I think the songs that will draw you in would be Love Six and Sunday Blues because that’s where you hear the integrity and message, but also the pureness in my voice,” he said Speaking to SowetanLive.
“The music where I experiment more then becomes complimentary of the core sound of soul music. It’s R&B, but R&B that lives in the now.”
Mavuso is getting ready to take to the stage at the much-anticipated Red Bull Music Festival featuring 80 artists over six days in Johannesburg- between April 3 and 8 as one of the headline acts alongside AKA, Sjava, Trompies, Shekhinah and Sho Madjozi.
He is also working on an album that will be released under Black Coffee’s record label Soulistic Music.
“I always write about love. The first EP was kind of [about] the loss of love. The second one was [about] the betrayal of love. I think the album is about the yearning for a new love,” he teased.