Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Nxae (Sorry) ... Luanga Choba

The reasons why Luanga Choba rates right up there on my list of South African artists is glaringly obvious. Luanga (a medical doctor by profession) is passionate about sustainability, the environment, supports entrepreneurs in waste management, authentic in her music and daring in originality. She is a pure gem! 

Her song "NXAE" (Setswana for "SORRY") is about how we need to say sorry for what we have done to the earth and to it's people. It is a song about forgiveness and the healing that needs to happen not only in South Africa, but also in the rest of the world. "Nxae" forms part of the iStart2 Compilation Album that will be released later this year.

While deeply connected to her roots as an African woman, Luanga’s music also reflects elements of earthy international artists like Tracy Chapman. With her distinctive sound and songs reflective of her free spirit, energy and eclectic musical sensibility, Luanga Choba has proven that she is one of the freshest acts to hit the South African entertainment landscape.  Her advice to artists entering the iStart2 Challenge is simple: “Be authentically YOU - that is your brand," says Luanga.

Luanga, Samkelo & the Umoja Dancers 
at the Istart2 Challenge Launch @ Soweto Festival

To listen to a podcast of our interview with Luanga just click 'play'

Thought for the day:

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