Langa Mavuso on his debut album, a lost love and being independent

Contemporary urban R&B artist Langa Mavuso is dropping his debut album this winter.
Contemporary urban R&B artist Langa Mavuso is dropping his debut album this winter.
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Contemporary urban R&B artist Langa Mavuso is celebrating a big milestone – his debut album, Langa, is dropping this winter.

With the release of the album’s first single, Love Lost, the muso says he’s excited to share his musical journey in his upcoming offering.

The single, about losing his first love and healing from it, is rooted in pain and is an ode to closure, he says. “After the tragic death of my first love I was constantly seeking healing from that grief. In this song I finally find that closure, I revisit the night of their passing and remember the good memories from our time together.”

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The album will take fans on a three-part heartbreak story – it’s about loss, searching for love and finally finding closure.

“This song lies in the last part of the album,” Langa explains, sharing why it’s the first single. “It embodied the message of the project but also showed off the growth I’d found personally and musically. The feelings and affirmations in this song was what I was searching for when I began writing the album.”

Fans have eagerly been waiting for the album, and the 26-year-old has had to plead with them for patience while work was done behind the scenes. “Record label negotiations are important because ownership is important, I’m an independent artist – it isn’t easy or cheap. Timing is also important.

“Summer isn’t the best release time for an artist like me in a dance music country. Please be patient with me,” he responded last August to a fan asking when he’d be releasing the album.

Langa became an independent artist after parting ways with DJ Black Coffee’s record stable Soulistic Music in December 2018. “We grew in our professional relations; our directions began to change. The label is now a talent agency and I’ve found it more fulfilling to have full control of my work and journey. I was blessed to have a relatively successful first year as an independent musician,” he shares.

But between his deal coming to an end and a shaky relationship at the time, the album fell through the cracks. Speaking to SowetanLive, he explained the situation weighed on him. “My lowest point was that during the writing of the album I was going in and out of this relationship I was in. I just kept on finding out things that upset me. I just got to a place where I was overwhelmed. I could see my contract was ending and I needed to figure out what’s happening with that. Because I’m already prone to having these depressive episodes it just felt heavy for me,” he said.

But last year things changed for the better, he says, and Langa hopes to continue his trajectory. “I released Mvula which did quite well, had a number of sold-out shows around the country, collaborated on a limited-edition Mini Cooper and had several brand partnerships and endorsements.”

The hardest part of last year’s busy schedule was choosing which jobs to take, he recalls.

Langa aims to carry on the winning streak with his upcoming album and shares what he’s most excited about. “Giving my amazing fans a full body of work for the first time in my life. I think it has captured the essence of my sound and journey thus far.”