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Listen to Langa Mavuso's Debut Album 'LANGA'

Listen to Langa Mavuso's Debut Album 'LANGA'

Soothing and deeply moving, Langa Mavuso's debut album 'LANGA' is an exquisite musical offering we didn't know we needed until now.

South African singer Langa Mavuso has released his highly anticipated debut album titled LANGA. The 12-track project features pre-released tracks including the beloved "Intliziyo" featuring Loyiso, "Mvula" and "Love Lost" which dropped at the end of May this year. The album also features Zadok, Aimee George, Manana and Zöe Modiga. LANGA follows Mavuso's 2018 Liminal Sketches EP.

READ: The Artist Is Present: Langa Mavuso On Loss, Love & Finding Home

If there is one thing that Mavuso knows how to do, and do very well, is take the listener on a journey. His soothing and melodic voice makes not only this recent project, but his entire discography thus far, an enjoyable and deeply moving experience. On LANGA, "Searching" is a slow-paced number which achingly explores the artist's search for true love amid constant doubts. "Spirit", "Pretend" and "I Wish" are all tracks which bring about a slight sense of nostalgia––you're immediately homesick for something or someone you may not even know.

Speaking in a recent interview about his latest musical offering, Mavuso says that a lyric that makes him particularly sad is, "You've got a new life. Your soul's flown a new flight. I wish I could see you there." He continues by saying, "[It's] from "Love Lost". It's a song about the moment of letting go – we finally hear a positive reflection on the love shared in the past and it, I recount the memories of a love I'd lost through death and finally accepts the loss of it through this song."

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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