Langa Mavuso on his new album and what made his collab with Yanga Chief special

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Langa Mavuso speaks to us about the making of his new album.
Langa Mavuso speaks to us about the making of his new album.
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The day he’s been waiting for is around the corner. He can’t wait to see the album he’s been working on for a while now hit the airways.

Langa Mavuso is baring his soul in the new album.

The Diepmeadow muso, real name Nkosinathi Nhlakanipho Mavuso, dropped his latest single, Panther, on Friday 4 September and he’ll quickly be following that up with his album Langa, due for release 24 September.

We quizzed the singer on his music, collaboration wish list and his pretend best dinner guests.

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What was the inspiration behind your upcoming album, LANGA?

This album is inspired by heartbreak. In it I take a moment to look in the mirror and reflect on self through the journey of heartbreak. We see three different phases of this journey play out in the record with even four songs; in the beginning we reflect on the pain and upset when losing love.

This part of the album is filled with ballads that express the initial acceptance of a relationship ending.

In the second part we step into a more tumultuous part of the heartbreak, inspired by the sounds of nightclubs and a lifestyle that can be described as a distraction, most of the music here explores a new version of the artist, a cooler and sexier man, looking for love in all the wrong places in the attempt to avoid dealing with the pain but this charade all ends with a song call Pretend which shifts my perspective back to internal work and spiritual alignment.

In the final part I begin with a prayer for salvation, we reflect on our part in the world and finally accept that love lost. This album has been inspired by the true event of my life and sonically weaved into a story which the listener can relate to.

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What would you say makes your latest single Panther ft Yanga Chief special?

The song is inspired by a ride in black jaguar after a long night of clubbing, here I begin the journey of seeking new love in the Johannesburg nightlife.

In it we get a glimpse into the scene and spaces I had found himself in – the energy but also the regretful nature of his place in this new scene. It’s an honest portrayal of what many young people do after losing love. I think it’s special because it introduces a new side to me and shows vulnerability without wallowing in a ballad.

How would you describe your musical journey since you started in the industry?

It’s been a short but eventful four years. I was signed and learned a lot from that journey. Soulistic opened me up to many opportunities but they also taught me a lot about the business.

The journey has seen many ups and ups. A lot of dreams came true and I think we’re on the way to reaching the bigger ones with each new melody and song.

Why do you make music?

To reflect, heal and grow. It’s for myself first and once I put it out it’s for the listener.

Five people you’d invite to dinner

Simon Nkoli

Thandiswa Mazwai

James Baldwin

Nina Simone


Things you don’t leave the house without

My cell phone, car keys and Airpods.

Two people you’d like to collaborate with

Maphorisa – I think he’s a brilliant producer and not just in one genre.

Jazmin Sullivan – She’s just a talent and a half.

One thing you’d take with you to a deserted island


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