For Billboard‘s Platoon Africa Artist Showcase, emerging singer-songwriter Msaki stunned fans with a liberating Billboard Live At-Home performance Thursday (May 21) from her home studio.
Wearing white and red face paint on the top half of her face, Msaki (real name Asanda Msaki Mvana) started off her set with “Gibel’ Inkwenkwezi” (translates to “Ride a Star” in English), an Afro folk song from her 2016 album Zaneliza: How the Water Moves which she sang in her mother South African tongue of Xhosa.
The reverb from Msaki’s voice filled the room and swallowed it whole as she claimed her space and broke out of the boundaries traditionally set for African citizens in her third song “Sunlight,” which shone a light on the roles they play such as sons and daughters, not paupers. She continued to encourage these robust characters to “Flip, flip the script/ you’re not a slave to this” with her swift lyrics and its most empowering remark, “emancipate ourselves, rejoice.”
The East London native fought for freedom again in her collaborative track with Prince Kaybee “Fetch Your Life,” with its one simple rule set in the chorus: “Fetch your life, go on be alive/ Ain’t nobody living out, yeah/ Be someone who’s living out, yeah.”
Live out Msaki’s entire performance above, and tune into Billboard‘s Platoon Africa Artist Showcase for the rest of the week for more up-and-coming acts.