Manu WorldStar talks new single “Nalingi,” African women, and plans for world domination

25 July 2018
You may only just be catching on to his name but chances are you've already been captured by his single, "NaLingi." In an interview with The Star, Sony Music's new Afrobeat hip hop artist, Manu WorldStar, reveals he has his sights set on world domination. The South African-born Congolese artist's first step towards that mission is "NaLingi," a quiet storm-esque Afrobeat tune about all the things you'd do for the girl you love.
 
It's more aspirational than a narration of a true life story. "If I could pour my heart out to a chick, this is what it would sound like," Manu told The Star. "The reason why this song is so beautiful is because I think she is beautiful."
 
Here the song for yourself via Apple Music below.
If you're asking how a man can cut a track for "a feeling that I've never had before," it's got to do with how Manu understands his artistry. "I am a versatile artist. I do music for seasons. It's life," he said. "What I want to do is to have a playlist of, if you want to hear rap, I've got that for you. And if you want to hear singing, I've got that too. Although my main persona is hip hop and I resonate in that space, through the way I dress and talk, but my musical ear is more than that."
 
Manu's ambitious plan with "NaLingi" and the sound it's shaping for him is to create the "soundtrack of Africa". The next step in his world domination plan is securing bookings at international music festivals. Head over to The Star to hear him talk more on his dream "NaLingi" girl and how he dealt with being knocked out of the Top 10 of Vuzu's Hustle.
 
Rifumo Mdaka is a Johannesburg-based music writer who champions South African queer artists. When I'm bored, I watch iPhone keynotes and commercials. Read my website FDBQ Music and follow me on Twitter, @rifvmo
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