Endearing and controlled perhaps best describes singer-songwriter Langa Mavuso, who recently released his music video for the single ‘Home’ off the short EP of the same title.
The video sees Mavuso joining the ranks of soul favourites Nakhane and Amanda Black who have both captured attention with their powerful, unique vocals and attention to detail in their visual work. It’s a high quality effort directed by Legend Manqele, founder of Bar Leader Productions, who have previously created work with Vuzu, such as Dineo’s Diary and Living the Dream with Somizi.
Debuted on Channel O last week, ‘Home’ is notably Mavuso’s first music video, in what is another major step for the jazz-soul singer who has been gaining momentum in the world of poptimist soul, since the release of his 2016 debut EP Liminal Sketches.
Based in Johannesburg after time spent studying jazz performance at UCT’s music school, he has made the most of his return home, performing in the city off the back of an appearance at 2017’s OppiKoppi and on shows such as Mzansi Insider and YOTV Big Breakfast. He’s also racked up performances with legends of vocal-driven soul in SA, The Soil, and worked with the likes of Spoek Mathambo and Black Coffee.
The track itself also features Dylan Fine – one half of Beat Sampras – with a dreamy guitar solo over the organic and non-theatrical song.
The video combines slick cinematography and two characters, Mavuso himself and increasingly in-demand music-focused performance artist Manthe Ribane. Here the director has chosen her dance prowess as a powerful way to express the modds of the music, and Ribane expertly uses movement to encapsulate the themes in the song: the pain of heartbreak and the subsequent process of healing.
Her dance work is difficult to pin down to one specific style, and she pushes it further here, where her performance shows range beyond the the usual mix of pantsula, afro-fusion and isbujwa some may associate with her.
She moves to the narrative of the music, without distracting from the focus on the pained vocals of the song.
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