Sensational singer Msaki and a Cape Town-based band will make her debut performance in Gugulethu, where she will perform her much loved songs, on Sunday 8 April at Ny138 no.52 from 4pm.
Msaki, who was born as Asanda Lusaseni- Mvana, hails from East London, having grown up between there, Butterworth, Grahamstown, Peddie, Nqamakhwe and Cathcart, from where her musical talent was honed.
Her father worked as a Dj during his years studying at the University of Fort Hare.
He also ran choirs and became Msaki’s first influence. Her grandfather was a well-known composer and Msaki rightfully follows his footstep.
Msaki’s compositions for her Golden Circle band is of a sound that combines soulful folk with symphonic movements, Xhosa lyrics and African poly-rhythms.
While studying Visual Arts and Design in East London, she became part of the an alternative rock band, where she started spending time in studios and contributed to the underground music scene where music was recorded and shared unofficially.
In 2009 she went to Grahamstown to further her studies in Visual Arts, and it was also when she formed her first band.
A self-taught guitarist, she first picked up the instrument in 2010 while on a student exchange programme at Leeds University in England. Msaki spent long hours in her room writing songs.
In 2012 she was selected to study in North Carolina, USA, with 30 other artists, musicians and writers.
“It is at that time that I focused on creating music,” says Msaki
“Finding my own spirituality led to the expression of self, freely, through music and on my return home, I signed with Indie Label, One Shushu Day Artistry,” she explains.
In 2013, Msaki independently recorded and released an EP called Nal’ithemba which was produced by Cobus Van Dyk.
She then released her debut album Zeneliza: How the Water Moves under her label One Shushu Day Artisty in 2016.
“Zaneliza is about loss, hope and the wave-like rhythms in between those two states of being,” says Msaki.
The album was co-produced with award-winning jazz pianist Nduduzo Makhatini.
Msaki is currently promoting Zaneliza with exciting international appearances, nation-wide gigs and interesting collaborations line-up this year.
Don’t miss this once-off gig of a lifetime on Sunday 8 April at Kwa Sec NY 138 no.52 Gugulethu.
Tickets cost R120 cash at the door.