Multi-talented singer, composer, producer and poignant lyricist, Manana, has just released his highly anticipated debut EP, In The Beginning Was The End, after releasing a series of powerful singles from 2017.
In The Beginning Was The End reflects on the relationship with two emotive beings through sound. It captures the light and shade of growing and fading relationships, with his own marriage as his compass.
Manana effortlessly bends sound and silence to his will as both co-writer (alongside Noble Productions) and vocalist on this brand-new body of work. Each track is a soundscape of its own, juxtaposing beauty and pain, while detailing the conflict of being surrounded by tangible miracles while carrying heartbreak within, making for a sparse, yet deeply satisfying sonic manifestation of physical and emotional yearning.
“In The Beginning Was The End is a journey of love. Starting with the cautionary tale, ‘Call me’, ending with the descriptive ballad ‘All I seek’. The EP describes what can happen, and sometimes does, when love turns into indifference, and indifference becomes disdain.”
Manana is not just a formidable singer and poignant lyricist. He has writing credentials on some beloved South African and African tracks. Having written for and worked with Ami Faku on Ebhayi, Amanda Black on Africa, Burna Boy feat. Sauti Sol on Times Flies and Sauti Sol on Feel My Love, as well as worked with Seba Kappastad, Rowlene, and the upcoming Mila Smith, Manana oozes a gentle and wise musicality in every one of his offerings and is poised to be a household name for his ever growing songbook.
With his EP lead single, Call Me, gaining favourable traction on radio having been playlisted on stations such as Metro FM, Gagasi FM, Capricorn FM and Kaya FM just to highlight a few, the country can expect to hear a lot more from the young musician hailing from Mbabane the Southern African mountains of Eswatini.
Watch Manana’s Call Me lyric video below:
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