by Muthoni Kimani
January 13, 2021
Apple Music has featured South African R&B artist Ndumiso Manana as part of the streaming platform's New Artist Spotlight series for January.
The announcement follows Manana's latest seven-track debut EP titled 'In the Beginning Was the End', which features such songs as 'Call Me', 'Heart Break on a Summer', 'Mina Nawe', 'Euphoria' and 'All I Seek'.
The EP features Rowlene who collaborated with Manana on 'Sunday Morning'. Using his marriage as his compass, Manana's EP captures the light and shade of growing and fading relationships, touching on modern masculinity and shame culture.
He said; "I'm both excited and humbled by this opportunity, To be chosen for the Apple Music New Artist Spotlight campaign is a huge honour, and I can't thank Apple enough. I've been inspired by artists who have featured in this campaign and to become a part of this family is inspiring."
Manana, whose new-age R&B exudes emotional maturity and honesty, grew up in Mbabane, Eswatini, where he developed an affinity for all things music-related, resulting in his ability to compose, produce and perform.
Manana has since established himself as a powerful lyricist and has penned songs for such artists as Ami Faku ('eBhayi'), Amanda Black ('Africa') and Sauti Sol ('Feel My Love' and 'Fire'). He also belongs to multinational neo-soul group Seba Kaapstad alongside Zoë Modiga, with three albums released to date.
Whether it's behind a piano or mic, Manana's ability to effortlessly integrate his jazz training and choral background with elements of contemporary R&B and soul is what places him ahead of the pack.