Msaki - singer-songwriter from East London (ZAF)

Presented by Recycle Me
Foto: Mambila Mageza
Music
Friday 17 August 19:30-20:15

Msaki is a composer and singer-songwriter from East London, South Africa. She was born into a musically gifted family with a father, who was a DJ while studying at the University of Fort Hare, and also ran choirs throughout his life. He was one of Msaki’s first influences. Her grandfather was also a well-known composer and songwriter therefore it comes as no surprise that at a young age Msaki knew that there was magic in music.

2012 was the year the singer-songwriter was selected from over 900 applicants from all over the world to go study in North Carolina USA with 30 other artists, musicians and writers. The time she spent focused on creativity, spirituality and falling in love with music, which is what propelled Msaki into being a full-time independent performing artist. When she returned to South Africa her music career began and she signed herself to her own Indie Label, One Shushu Day Artistry.

Msaki creates a sound that combines soulful folk with symphonic movements, Xhosa lyrics and African poly-rhythms with portals of sincere improvisations. Her raw delivery disrupts your senses, leaving you moved and quietly longing for more as she weaves subtle tales of love, loss, home, revolution and hope. She plays with an ever-evolving and expanding band of incredible musicians from different musical backgrounds, which she calls the Golden Circle.