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Audio: LoveGlori 'Changes + Voice Inside'

LoveGlori South African sisters Lerato Moiloa and Nozuko Mapoma are LoveGlori. Stream 'Changes' + 'Voice Inside.'


LoveGlori is a duo of soul sisters — Lerato Moiloa and Nozuko Mapoma — from the streets of Johannesburg steadily on the rise. The two vocalists got their stage name by combining their real names: Lerato, which means love in Setswana and Nozuko, the Xhosa translation of Gloria. Among their influences they count the late and much missed Busi Mhlongo, Sibongile Khumalo, Asa and American smooth jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum.  “Our love for music is something we can’t describe to you but know this, singing makes us happy,” the twosome writes on their Facebook page, “It’s a drug we use often to escape the ugliness.”

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Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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