R&B Native Manana Shines As Apple Music’s First ‘Artist Of The Month’ For 2021! Swaziland native Manana shines as Apple Music’s first ‘artist of the month’ for 2021! Swaziland born 26-year-old R&B singer and producer Manana (real name Ndumiso Manana) has been honoured with featuring as Apple Music’s artist of the month for the month of January.
The musician has had a colourful musical journey indeed having worked with some of Africa’s top musicians. He has written for South African vocalists Ami Faku on her single ‘Ebhanyi’ as well as the soulful Amanda Black on her song “Afrika” featuring Adekunle Gold. Not to mention his contribution to Kenyan band Sauti Sol’s “Feel My Love”.
Manana released his debut 7-track EP In The Beginning Was The End, and has been received well from audiences around the world. His tracks have been playlisted on multiple Apple Music playlists, specifically the “R&B Now” playlist, the “Breaking R&B” playlist and his song Sunday Morning featuring Cape Town artist Rowlene has been featured on their “100 Best Songs of 2020” playlist.
Stream Manana’s EP here: https://music.apple.com/za/album/in-the-beginning-was-the-end/1530963411
The Cape Town based artist is also part of the band Seba Kaapstad featuring members from Germany (Sebastian Schuster and Philip Scheibel), South Africa (Zoë Modiga) with Manana being the addition from Swaziland. The band describe themselves as a multi-national neo-soul quartet whose album “Konke” was released on the 13th of November with heavy jazz and soul influences from artists such as Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus and Thundercat.
The band has toured internationally, making appearances in Barcelona, Berlin, Vienne, and Zϋrich. The band has also widely covered their bases locally by touring in Grahamstown at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival, in Johannesburg at the Soweto Theatre as well as appearing in Cape Town at Jazz in the Native Yards.
Check out their album Konke: https://music.apple.com/za/album/konke/1533696287?uo=4&ls=1&app=music&at=11lEW&ct=3zxfy6%7Ckaapstad-music.com