The intro to this record shows just how dedicated Manu WorldStar is to giving us a stellar production. The ‘star’ in his stage name isn’t a misnomer, it’s a bold statement full of truth!
South African-born Congolese hip-hop artist Manu WorldStar, real name Emmanuel Mutendji, released his anticipated debut album, Molimo, stamping his name onto the list of fast-rising Afropop stars. The record is a blend of sultry-R&B-infused hip-hop and Afrobeat. The rapper is talented and the production team behind this record made sure he shines throughout.
This is an album is befitting of a Sunday chill session because it’s vibing on vibes! If you’re a dancer, or even if you’re not, you’re sure to find yourself on your feet doing the Azonto or whatever it is your soul calls you to do. I just hope you don’t break a leg because you might find it difficult to slow the groove.
What I found impressive was the extensive pool of SA musicians that are featured on this record. Manu brought powerhouses such as Anatii and Rouge onto the album and even had Zambian superstar Roberto adding that extra Zed sauce! 🔥
Manu WorldStar makes this record a worthy listen through the use of a multilingual and multicultural approach to each song. All the featured artists bring their own taste to the music without overpowering the coherent theme of the album. This also helps each of the artistes push themselves to heights I wouldn’t have thought they could reach. Pressure with Mariechan was such a song with her dabbling in vocal gymnastics I’d never witnessed from her. Evidently, everybody brought their A-game to the studio for this record.
Anatii wows us with some beautiful singing on Choko (Part 2) that clearly displays his prowess as a musician. The man’s a powerhouse and there’s no denying it. He added a flair to the track that amplifies its sound and makes it a must-listen.
Other tracks to look out for are Celebrate, Never Die, Multiply and Nalingi Remix. The album speaks of life, love, thanksgiving and overcoming adversity. It’s bound to make you feel good and give you that extra boost and hype you need to get through the tough times.
Listen to Molimo on your preferred platform of choice here: https://sonymusicafrica.lnk.to/MWSM