The Johannesburg-born Langa Mavuso on the Journey of Music, Art, Fashion & Life.

Langa Mavuso, real name Nkosinathi Nhlakanipho Mavuso, is a  musician, composer, artist, and performer. He was born in Johannesburg and spent the formative years of his life in Diepkloof, Soweto. His family then moved to Mondeor when he was six and spent most of his life between the city and rural KZN.  The stage name  "Langa Mavuso" is a combination of surnames from both paternal (Langa) and maternal (Mavuso) sides of his family.

When asked about when his love for music started? He said that "I guess it all began in the back of a hall in Orlando while watching my parents rehearse and prepare for choral competitions, their love for music inspired mine".  He draws inspiration from people and experiences. Langa has big aspirations of winning a Grammy one day and it is not impossible given his talent. Outside of music, he is passionate about art and fashion. This is evident through his creative images on social media. "I never want my voice to be distorted and every image tells an integral part of my story and journey."

Amapiano, hip-hop, and house music often dominate South Africa’s music scene which tends to leave R&B on the backburner. However, the genre is forever growing and producing global superstars like Elaine, Lloyiso, and others. We asked Langa to share his thought about that the state of R&B in South Africa?
"There’s a beautiful resurgence of the genre in the country and it’s so beautiful to see it being embraced. We have such incredible artists coming to the fore as the genre grows strength to strength.", he shared. He also revealed that "Under the right circumstances, anything is possible", when asked if he would put vocals on an amapiano beat.

The music industry is both a blessing and a curse to some, it can also change one's life for the better. However, when it comes to Langa it is a different story, he believes that the music industry hasn’t changed his life but people did. "People have changed my life, they’ve allowed me to do what I love and embraced it in such a way that I can live off it. The incredible support I have from my listeners has changed my life.", he revealed. Being a public figure or musician comes with its own challenges. The most challenging thing on Langa's musical journey is finding balance. "This business is demanding, emotionally and physically. Learning to say no and to prioritize family and my mental health has been the toughest challenge thus far".

No man is an island, and collaborations are inevitable in music. He recently collaborated with Una Rams on a song called "next2me". The song is from "hold me when it’s cold: a mixtape" by Una Rams. This beautiful tune takes you on a journey as you get lost in the music. Curious to know how did that come about and how was it working with Una Rams? He said that  "Una is a good friend of mine, so it was just a text with the demo and I liked it and we went into the studio and recorded it. It was such an easy collaboration." 

He looks for talent, respect for their craft, and also a mutual respect for one another whenever he collaborates with someone. Locally he would like to collaborate with -Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and internationally - Adele. In his music, you'll find love, healing, and purpose. He mends broken hearts and soothes the soul. If Langa weren't doing music, he would probably be a Diplomat. But the world needed to hear his voice. His advice to a young Langa Mavuso is: "Don’t be afraid to be yourself." The legacy he wants to leave on this earth is that of Love. "All the work I do is to give back the love I receive so abundantly." he shared. You can expect more great music from Langa Mavuso in the future, meanwhile, you can listen to his catalogue of beautiful songs on all streaming platforms. Or catch him on tour (Songs For The Sun Tour) this November.

Writter: /PP.Selolo