What was the inspiration behind your album, and the single Love Lost?
The album is inspired by my journey through a heartbreak. I seek to find acceptance and closure from a love lost. I chronicle the process from heartbreak, to losing oneself, and finally finding myself again after the ordeal. I explore emotions of anger, helplessness, yearning, and acceptance. The single Love Lost is the moment of closure; I come to accept my fate, but remember the beauty of the moments shared through love.
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How has the healing process been after losing your first love to suicide?
Hard! There were many tough nights alone, but I remained hopeful that someday a better tomorrow would arrive. His death also reminded me how much I had to live for. In the second verse of Love Lost, I talk about how his dreams now live in mine and how I take some of his words and purpose into my work. I believe that healing will happen when you seek it. I was desperate for it for years.
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I journal a lot of important and emotionally charged moments in my life. I’m a very reflective and retrospective writer, so I usually write songs about things that have passed, because I believe I understand things better once I’m no longer steeped in them. It sometimes takes months or years before I ever use those entries. Then I usually wait for the melody to lead the emotion when we create in studio; that will determine which of the journal entries will become inspiration for a song.
What are some of the challenges of the entertainment industry and how have you overcome them?
I think the pressure to always be the image of perfection and success. Sometimes I’m trying to pull myself out of a deep depression, and I have to show up at places with the biggest smile on my face. I’ve worked hard to maintain balance and self-preservation since I came into the industry. I think that it is very easy to get caught up in the fluff, which leads to trying to keep up with people. Prayer, isolation, my family and friends are my greatest gifts.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
I’d still be writing and engaging with people in some capacity. At some point in my life I wanted to work in diplomacy and public policy.
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What is the one thing people don’t know about you?
A lot of people think I’m very introverted and calm but ngiyaphapha (I’m forward). I’m the life of the party among my family and friends. If you’ve been to one of my live shows, then you’ve seen a glimpse of that Langa.
What do you want to be known for?
As someone who loved intently.
What else is lined up for you in 2020?
My debut album Langa is my primary focus right now. We’re really excited to share it with people.