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The Booth: OBie Mavuso Shares Her Influences

OBie Mavuso is a Cape Town-based filmmaker and musician. We first came across her when she released the video for her track, ‘Blessings Come, Blessings Go’ – a soulful and lamenting ballad combined with an infectious hip hop influence. Just from that one track, it is clear to see that her music comes from an intensely introspective place, but is delivered so effortlessly that it allows the listener to get lost in both the visceral and vulnerably honest elements of her sound.

Her upcoming EP, Cosmic Fire, is the third instalment in her discography. It was produced with collaborations from Thor Rixon and Original Swimming Party which took place at Red Bull Studios in November 2015. The Cosmic Fire release party is taking place this Saturday afternoon at the burgeoning Creative Nestlings initiative, The Nest Space, on Longmarket Street. It will feature performances from Original Swimming Party and Andy Mkosi and should prove to be an inviting and moving experience.


We all want to know exactly what our favourite musicians are bumping, to get a sense of where all the magic partly comes from. The Booth is a taste of all that. OBie Mavuso has shared with us 5 tracks that she’s into, in no particular order:

NxWorries (Anderson.Paak & Knxwledge) – ‘Suede’
Yes Lord! I don’t even have to elaborate on why I love this song. Anderson’s energy keeps me very happy and his smooth vocals are just too cool for school.

Kanye West – ‘FML’ ft. The Weeknd
Kanye’s music always lets me into his soul, he even mentions that he’s revealing the layers of his soul on the song. His vulnerability in his music is always amazing to listen to. One of my inspirations.

(No official stream available)

Simphiwe Dana – ‘Mayine’
Honestly she’s a Queen and listening to her music makes me understand my own potential. This song has a calming effect on me. Her confidence and ability to be a genuine Xhosa artist is amazing for me.

Bonobo – ‘First Fires’ ft. Grey Reverend
One of my leading inspirations, I love where this man’s music takes me, My first EP ‘Konscious Aktivity’ was inspired by his musical ability.

Nakhane Toure – ‘In The Dark Room’
Nakhane’s alternative nature and smooth, strong voice combined always alert me to how he always sets the bar. He is currently one man who really proves that you can achieve a lot but still remain very humble.

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