Following the success of his breakout EP Young African Story, local Afrobeats singer and Nalingi hitmaker, Manu WorldStar, took some time out this week to give us some detail about his debut album Molimo.
This man might be one of our best exports, but South Africa has a weird relationship with Afrobeats. We love the sound and if you click on Burna Boy’s top songs on Apple Music, his work on AKA’s All Eyes On Me is still on that list.
Strangely though, we are only just getting to a point where cross continental collaboration is a norm. #Trending thinks this Afrobeats crooner could be the cream of the new crop.
On creating Molimo, Manu says: “It took me two years to make and I enjoyed every single moment of it. I drew inspiration from my life. I thought about my upbringing, my family relationships, my values and beliefs. My previous and current relationships.”
This album is a collection of his meditations around dealing with everyday life and how this is exactly the same for him, behind the veil of fame, as it might be for you or me.
“I hurt like you. I love like you. I dream like you and I aspire to be great just like you. The missing link is that I stop at nothing. And that’s what I want people to see. That my spirit is fearless, and you need a fearless spirit to be at the top.”
There have been a few key signings, with major international labels scooping up local talent this year. We’ve also seen some of our biggest stables folding and haemorrhaging talent. Being a decent prospect for any label executive, Manu says he is quite happy where he is and is ecstatic that Africa is getting a little shine.
“I think Africa to the world is a great concept! We have artists that are taking our flags and cit at a global scale.”
As hopeful as he is, he warns: “I just hope that these deals allow us to still keep our essence as African artists.”
His album boasts some heavy hitters, but not for the sake of just having big names on the track list. Imagine for a second how a Manu WorldStar track with Anathii would sound. Now press play on the link below and imagine no longer.
The album also features Rouge, Gemini Major, Rowlene, Focalistic and more than 12 songs release on September 4. One of the best moments on the record involves Mariechan Luiters of Coca-Cola Pop Stars fame. The pair are allegedly seeing each other, and the chemistry is palpable.
He didn’t want to give away any of his plans on performing and promoting this album, but he did suggest we keep a trained eye on him. “I don’t want to say too much. I’m just going to say watch this space. Manu WorldStar is going to be a global African artist.”