We had the privilege of attending Manu WorldStar’s debut EP listening session recently (look out for the music review) and knew we had to catch up with the rising African star.
Manu WorldStar has been on our radar since the release of his 2018 single, Nalingi, and at the beginning of the year he made our “Top 8 Must Watch In Culture 2019” list, and he has not let us down.
We briefly unpack his Young African Story below.
How would you describe your EP, A Young African Story?
I would describe my EP as a story of a young African kid who tries to find his way around a foreign land.
What’s your favourite track on your EP?
When you listen to the project from start to finish. It tells this beautiful story. Everything is linked. I think my favourite track of the EP has to be the whole EP.
We can imagine that dropping Nalingi has changed your life, what are some of your biggest highlights over the past year other than the release of Nalingi?
This past year has been nothing short of amazing. I’ve managed to have multiple paying shows a month. I go outside and people freak out when they see me. I have aligned myself with great brands and obviously my biggest achievement of late, I just dropped my debut EP.
In a year’s time what would Manu WorldStar have achieved?
Hopefully I can scoop up the Newcomer of The Year title. I’d love that.
What does your Young African Story look like in the next 5 years?
In 5 years, it’ll change from #youngafricanstory to an inspiring young African story.
We’re loving your new single Rent. How did it come about and what does “Rent” stand for?
I never changed the process. The same process on Nalingi is the exact same thing we did with Rent. The song has a clear message. Staying focused on what’s really important, rather than focusing on all the nonsense happening around you.
Did You Know?
- He sang in the choir from age 10 till until 21
- He collects action figures
- He failed maths in Matric. Badly.
- Both his parents are pastors
- His older brother is a church worship leader in the USA
Connect with Manu WorldStar
Facebook: Manu WorldStar